Carlos Vela may be set to miss out on the World Cup with Mexico but the 25-year-old forward appears to be putting his extra free-time to good use amid reports he is set to seal a sensational return to Arsenal this summer.
According to website Vozpopuli, the forward, who left the Emirates in 2011 for Real Sociedad in a loan deal that eventually became permanent, is set to make a return to North London this summer, as manager Arsene Wenger looks to bolster the Gunners’ attacking options.
The presence of a special clause in the Mexican’s contract is thought to be the key driving force behind the bid, with Arsenal rumoured to be closing in on a deal that would see the forward transfer back to the Premier League giants for as little as £3.2 million.
It comes off the back of another impressive season in La Liga with Sociedad in which Vela has scored 20 goals to build on the 14 registered over the previous campaign.
He would be a welcome addition to the Arsenal strikeforce too, offering backup to Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski.
And having previously stated that he would be open to a return to the Emirates, Wenger could have a deal for the diminutive forward wrapped up before the World Cup even kicks off.
It would mark an incredible turnaround for the forward, who struggled to make an impact on the Arsenal first-team during his first stint with the club.
Any move for Vela, meanwhile, could see Yaya Sanogo exit the club on loan, with Wenger keen for the French forward to gain more first-team experience.
The news is a welcome boost to the Gunners though, who have already missed out on key targets Josip Drmic and the highly-rated Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler.