Carlos Vela is closing in on a return to Arsenal after the club confirmed they will exercise the buy back clause in his contract, reports Marca.
Vela was sold to Real Sociedad two summers ago and has since thrived in La Liga, elevating himself to be recognised as one of the most potent attackers in the league.
Luckily for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger insisted on a €4m buy back clause when he was originally sold, which now represents a significant bargain for the Gunners.
Arsenal officials have notified their Real Sociedad counterparts that they will activate the €4m clause. They still have to convince Vela to move back to the Emirates Stadium but are confident of doing so in the near future.
But Vela may not be an Arsenal player for very long. As Arsenal know they can get the player for an extremely cheap price, they are prepared to use him as a makeweight to further negotiations with Real Sociedad for Antoine Griezmann.
Arsenal could agree to forfeit their right to buy back Vela in exchange for a significant discount on the French forward. Griezmann, 23, outscored his teammate last season and has caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs, including Arsenal.
Wenger could also opt to sell the Mexican for a significant profit almost immediately completing the transfer. Arsenal will place an initial €12m price tag on his head but hope that will rise if more clubs become interested.
Basically, Arsenal's first signing of the summer could end up leaving the club without ever player, or even training, with his Arsenal teammates. It all depends on whether Wenger is ready to risk Vela in the Premier League again, where he originally failed to make an impact with the Gunners.