Spanish daily Marca claims Arsenal will buy-back former striker Carlos Vela
Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela will re-join Arsenal this summer, according to Spanish daily Marca.
The Mexican forward left the Gunners for Sociedad on loan in 2011 before sealing a permanent transfer in 2012.
Marca’s report claims that Arsenal have sent a letter to Sociedad officials informing the San Sebastián side of their intention to activate the €4 million (£3.5m) buy-back clause in Vela’s contract.
Last season saw Vela enjoy his most impressive season of his career in La Liga – netting 14 times in 37 appearances despite playing predominantly on the right wing.
Reports in other Spanish media outlets suggest that Arsenal may have a different motivation altogether for activating the buy-back clause in the 25-year-old’s contract.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen on signing Vela’s Sociedad teammate Antoine Griezmann and he could be involved as a ‘makeweight’ in any potential deal.