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Mexicans wanted Vela to snub Arsenal to replace €39m Chelsea 'signing' Costa

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Carlos Vela, linked with a move to Arsenal, was advised to switch to Atletico Madrid instead.

Carlos Vela has been strongly tipped as Arsenal's first signing of the summer, with the Gunners possessing a buy-back clause after selling him to Real Sociedad.

Yet they were not the only team credited with interest, with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid linked with his signature, to replace Chelsea bound Diego Costa.

Before the news broke last night that Sociedad's president claimed: "Arsenal have informed us that Vela would be with them next season."

Vela was advised to make the switch to Atletico, and in effect snub the Gunners, by two of his countrymen, although it appears the decision is out of his hands.

Villareal's Javier Aquino told Marca: "Filling Diego Costa's boots is no easy feat, but Carlos has the talent and personality to do just that. I would be extremely happy for him."

Andres Guadrado also spoke glowingly of the possibility: "I think it'd be a great move for him, a step up in his career. I know that he's eager to up his game. He's done a great job with Real Sociedad and he now faces a challenge. Hopefully it happens."

While Atletico's interest is logical in a player who netted 20 goals last season, and 14 a year before, it is Arsenal who hold the cards.

With Arsene Wenger seemingly making his mind up that Vela should be a part of his plans next season there is little Sociedad or Atletico can do to stop him.

The fact Vela is wanted by Atletico says everything about his talent, and if Arsenal can seal his return for the £3.2 million stipulated, it may just be the bargain of the summer.

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