Arsenal want Real Sociedad to include emerging right-back Joseb Zaldua in a deal to take Carlos Vela back to Spain, reports The Mirror.
Vela is on the verge of re-joining the Gunners after Arsene Wenger activated his right to buy the Mexican back for around £3.5 million. Having experienced two successful seasons in La Liga with Real Sociedad, Vela is worth significantly more than that, and the plan for Wenger is to sell him back to the Spanish club immediately for a big profit.
Wenger is exploring a number of options with regards the Vela and that includes the possibility of reintroducing him into the Arsenal first team but it is believed neither the club or the player believe he can succeed in the Premier League and an immediate exit is likely.
Another possibility is allowing Vela to rejoin Real Sociedad for no money, but Wenger wants one of Real Sociedad's rising stars, Zaldua, in exchange.
The right-back enjoyed a breakthrough season at the Anoeta Stadium last season and at just 21, is considered to have significant potential. He made 10 appearances in La Liga last season and that seems to have been enough to convince Wenger of his talent.
The Arsenal manager is in dire need of a new right-back after Bacary Sagna left for Manchester City last week. Only Carl Jenkinson remains in the squad and it is thought Wenger does not see the young Englishman as a long-term replacement for Sagna.
Wenger wants to recruit a new competitor for the position and has also been linked with a move for Southampton starlet Calum Chambers. Zaldua now looks to be the latest player of Wenger's radar but it is hard to see the player joining instead of Chambers.
Arsenal need to keep close tabs on the number of homegrown players they have in their squad. Jenkinson will need to be given time to improve if he is to make it at Arsenal for the long-term while the recruiting of a young foreign talent has little use for Wenger's ethos.
The Frenchman is looking to build a small and talented squad made mostly of close-knit, homegrown players like Theo Walcott, Wojciech Szczesny and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, supplemented by exceptional talents like Mesut Ozil.
Zaldua is obviously not tested in the Premier League and represents a greater risk than Chambers or even Hector Bellerin, who has been making waves in Arsenal's youth teams since joining from Barcelona.
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