Sociedad president was in London this weekend to discuss Vela with Arsenal

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Will Carlos Vela be an Arsenal, Real Sociedad or Atletico Madrid player next season?

Arsenal are hoping to improve their attacking options this summer by bringing in a striker to the club, or two would be better. The ideal option would be if one of these players could also play in a separate position. One name being mentioned is Mexican forward Carlos Vela - who would of course be returning to the club.

Arsenal let Vela join Real Sociedad in 2012, completing a permanent deal after a year on loan with the club. And he didn’t disappoint, with 14 goals and 12 assists in his 38 appearances for the club. He continued that form into his second season - with an impressive 17 goals and 12 assists.

So it is little wonder why Arsenal want him back. He is currently valued at around €25 million but due to the fact Arsenal placed a buy-back clause in his deal they can snap him up for just €4 million - a ludicrous sum for someone of such ability.

Vela has previously ruled out a move, and is still believed to be happy at remaining at The Anoeta, but he has said he would not 'close the door' on an Arsenal return last month.

So the situation is not very clear. But the president of Real Sociedad has sought to clear all the information up by visiting London to talk with Arsenal chiefs.

Jokin Aperribay's mere presence in London on Friday and Saturday tells you that Arsenal are serious about Vela. He is desperately trying to secure 100% economic rights on the player but Arsenal have all the cards in their hands.

With that in mind it seems Arsenal are still considering his purchase. Essentially, in that case, there is nothing anyone can do - bar Arsenal.

Atletico Madrid are also keen, and some believe Real simply want the economic rights to move him on this summer for more than the €4m Arsenal would have to spend - with Atletico Madrid the favourites.

But if Arsenal can convince Vela to return, he could be theirs at any moment.

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