Arsenal transfer news: Martinez meeting, delaying Fabregas move and ex-forward to return

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All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates this morning.

Arsenal have decided to exercise the buy-back clause in the contract of former player Carlos Vela. The Mexican was at the club from the age of 16 but left for Real Sociedad after a successful loan spell two years ago.

They have now seemingly paid the £3.5 million to bring him back to The Emirates, after two exceptional seasons at The Anoeta in La Liga.

Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay has been in London recently, talking to Arsenal officials on Friday and Saturday over the future of Sociedad's star player.

But he says Arsenal have informed him Vela is Emirates bound:

"Arsenal have informed us that Vela will be with them next season."

Arsenal are reportedly in the race for Porto's Colombian striker Jackson Martinez. The goal-machine has been sensational for the Portuguese club, banging in 60 goals in just 91 games for the side.

And his representative Peppino Tirri says Martinez will be talking to several clubs this month, with Arsenal one of them:

“We’ve got meetings set up with numerous European clubs, as he is of interest to Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Valencia, but also important Italian sides. We believe Porto will happily do with a sum between €25m and €30m.”

Arsenal are said to be holding up the move for Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea. The former Gunners captain has been told he can leave Barcelona this summer, after apparently failing to live up to the hype over the player. Barcelona are selling Fabregas as Sevilla star Ivan Rakitic is set to join the Catalan side for £17 million.

It is reported that 50% of any sale of Fabregas, for over the price of £26 million, will go toward The Gunners due to their buyback clause.

Chelsea want to renegotiate the price, as they have no plans on giving The Gunners any money toward the deal.

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