Arsenal in talks to sell Carlos Vela release clause

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Real Sociedad are trying to convince Arsenal to sell their £3.5 million buy-back option on Carlos Vela, reports the Daily Mail.

Both the club president Jokin Aperribay and vice president Angel Oyarzun travelled to London at the weekend to hold urgent talks with Gunners officials over the potential sale of the Mexican striker.

Arsenal are believed to be considering activating their right to buy Vela and potentially selling him immediately after for a profit while Sociedad want to retain the player.

Potentially, Sociedad could find themselves paying Arsenal an extra £6.5 million plus bonuses for the player in exchange for Arsenal's right to repurchase him for much less than he is now worth.

Arsenal have also retained 50 per cent of the rights for the player and Sociedad also want that included in a deal that could end up producing £8 million for Arsenal.

The Gunners have been tracking the progress of Vela since his move to La Liga in 2012 and would have no doubt been impressed by the player. He has scored 30 goals in the Spanish league in two seasons but there is still doubt as to whether he could replicate that form in the more physical Premier League.

Despite the fact that Arsenal need a dynamic forward it is believed that both Wenger and Vela are unsure over a reunion.

Arsenal have considered using their buy-back clause to obtain a discount on Antoine Griezmann but it seems Sociedad would prefer to pay for the clause outright in an attempt to retain both star forwards.

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