Carlos Vela to return to Arsenal after club activate buyback clause

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Arsenal are on the verge of re-signing Carlos Vela after allegedly activating the Real Sociedad striker's buyback clause.

According to the London Metro, the Mexico international could return to north London for as little as £3million this summer, after impressing in Spain in 2013/14 where he scored 20 goals and contributed 13 assists.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is understood to have been suitably impressed by Vela's development in La Liga and is ready to bring him back to the Emirates Stadium to provide back-up for Olivier Giroud in attack.

The 25-year-old joined Real Sociedad permanently in 2012 off the back of a successful loan spell at the Anoeta Stadium, but Arsenal were prudent enough to insert a stipulation that meant they could re-sign Vela in any transfer window for a bargain fee.

Vela has made no secret of his desire to test himself in the Premier League, with the Daily Mail carrying quotes from the player earlier this month that intimated he now feels ready to play for Arsenal.

Wenger is planning to take a closer look at the former Gunner when his players return for pre-season, but the bargain buy will prove to be a clever piece of business either way, considering rival suitors are prepared to meet Vela's existing £25 million release clause at Real Sociedad.

Atletico Madrid and Valencia are both keeping tabs on his situation in San Sebastian, but might be forced to negotiate with Arsenal if they do press ahead with plans to bring Vela back to England.

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