Jul 12, 2012; London, UNITED KINGDOM; Aerial view of the Emirates Stadium, the home facility for the Arsenal football club of the English Premier League. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Arsenal transfer rumors: Carlos Vela unlikely to rejoin Gunners


The saga of Carlos Vela continues. The star forward is not in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup with the Mexico national squad, so his focus is on learning where he will play soccer during next season.

Don’t count on a reunion with Arsenal.

According to a report from the Mirror, the Gunners are looking to negotiate a deal that would keep him with Real Sociedad in La Liga.

Vela is reportedly interested in staying in Spain and Arsenal is not keen on the £3.5million buy-back clause, so the team has a fallback plan if they are forced to bring back Vela. In that case, the Gunners will sell on him.

Vela could either be sold back to Real Sociedad or another European club.

Last season, Vela scored 16 goals so he is a hot commodity, and Real Sociedad chairman Jokin Apperibay is hoping that the club will not be forced to watch Vela depart Spain for a return to Emirates Stadium.

If worst comes to worst and Vela returns to Arsenal, it is going to be interesting to see how it all plays out.

Much like the way Vela feels about the Mexico fans, he does not feel like the Premier League is a place that is welcoming.

“I never adapted to life in London, to the Premier League. I was not happy and I started feeling that I did not deserve to be there. They (Premier League players) are much better than me. I felt I did not belong,” Vela said.

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