Real Sociedad are set to pay Arsenal £10 million to stop them re-signing Mexico forward, Carlos Vela, reports the Daily Express.
The Spanish club signed Vela in 2012 in a £2.4million deal, after the winger failed to impress in six years at Arsenal, most of which was spent out on loan.
Vela has impressed club bosses at the Basque club, who managed to clinch a seventh place finish in La Liga last season.
Vela recently confirmed that there was a £3.2 million buy-back clause in his contract, which Arsenal are able to activate at any time.
He told Radio Marca that: “Arsenal can come back for me at €4million at any time, which is €1million more than Real Sociedad paid.”
The Mexican scored 16 goals and added 13 assists in 37 appearances, which has prompted speculation of a possible Arsenal return, but Real Sociedad have made it their top priority to ensure that he stays with the club.
According to Spanish sports newspaper, Marca, Real Sociedad are prepared to offer Arsenal a whopping £10 million to waive their rights to buy back their star player.
Whether Arsenal will accept the proposal, or take a gamble on a player who was already unable to break into the first-team once before, is unknown.
However, especially considering Arsenal do not even own the player, £10million would provide some extra funds to a club chasing the likes of Mario Balotelli and Ezequiel Lavezzi.