Carlos Vela snubs Arsenal return for "irresistible" Atletico deal

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Former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela has told Real Sociedad that he has received an "irresistible" offer from Atletico Madrid and wants to force through a €10m summer switch to the Vicente Calderon, according to Marca.

Vela has been revelation since swapping the Emirates for La Liga in 2011, scoring at least double figures in each of his three seasons with Sociedad and forming a potent attacking partnership with fellow wing wizard Antoine Griezmann.

Arsenal retain a buy-back option on the Mexican hotshot and have been heavily linked with cashing in on that €4m clause, but Atletico have moved first as Diego Simeone attempts to fill the void left by top scorer Diego Costa's imminent departure.

Marca give front-page status to the story and report that Vela describes the terms of a deal put forward by Atletico as "irresistible", insisting that he wants to stay in La Liga and shine for Atletico rather than return to North London.

The 25-year-old showed flashes of immense promise during his tentative years with Arsenal, but never found the consistency in performance to persuade Gunners boss Arsene Wenger that he deserved a regular starting spot.

Wenger is facing mounting pressure to bring both Vela and former captain Cesc Fabregas back to Arsenal this summer and exercise return options on each player, although with Atletico and Chelsea primed to sign the pair Gunners look set to be very disappointed.

Atletico boss Simeone will be allocated funds to keep his squad competitive and ensure last season's La Liga success was not a flash in the pan, with Vela part of that plan while not being a direct replacement for Costa.

Vela likes to primarily operate from an advanced position on the left-hand side and could provide pace and dynamism for Atletico to suit their predominantly counter-attacking style, with Sociedad now forced to make a decision over whether they can attempt to keep one of their star performers next season.

Arsenal can of course still exercise their right to buy Vela and must be tempted to sign a proven performer who would add depth to an attack which lacked options during crucial moments last season, but so far Wenger has refused to budge.

Gunners frontman Olivier Giroud unquestionably needs support and competition for his starting spot next season, with Nicklas Bendtner gone and only young Frenchman Yaya Sanogo in reserve, but that support now looks very unlikely to come from Vela.

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