Arsenal sell Vela stake for £8.8m

Arsenal have agreed to sell Mexican striker Carlos Vela permanently to La Liga side Real Sociedad, according to the Mirror.

The 25-year-old spent the last two seasons on loan for the Spanish club from Arsenal, where he has been since 2005 when the Gunners signed him from Guadalajara’s youth team at just 16-years-old.

The deal will send a reported £8.8 million back to Arsenal, with an additional £4 million possible based on the number of appearances Vela makes.

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Vela scored 16 goals in 37 appearances for Sociedad last season and 14 in the season prior.

Arsenal had been threatening to use a £3.5 million buy back clause in Vela’s contract to bring the striker back to Emirates if Sociedad did not agree to permanently buy him. In that scenario, Arsenal would have been able to sell Vela to another squad and turn a profit on him.

Vela had repeatedly stated that he was not suited for the English game, saying in April 2013: ‘It’s physical, and too direct. I prefer possession football and playing it on the floor.’

Vela has signed a new four-year contract with Sociedad that will expire in June 2018.


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