Cesc Fabregas isn’t the only ex-Gunner with a buyback clause that looks set to be ignored by Arsene Wenger…
Spanish newspaper Marca report this morning that Real Sociedad’s Carlos Vela is a target for La Liga champions Atletico Madrid who are stepping up their hunt for a replacement for departing duo Diego Costa and David Villa.
Arsenal are entitled to snap up their former striker, who moved to San Sebastien permanently two summers ago, for a fee as small as €4 million (a snip given his actual market value) but it appears our own quest for a striker is focused elsewhere.
There were suggestions we might pocket a tidy profit by signing Vela, 25, on the cheap before selling him straight away, but it’s since come to light that the Mexican’s contract stipulates he’d have to spend one season at the Emirates before he could move.
It’s not all bad news, thanks to a sell-on clause inserted by Dicky L, Arsenal will still earn some cash if Mr Chips moves to Atletico with a possible fee of €10 million mooted.