Reports this morning suggest Arsenal have exercised their option to buy back Mexican striker Carlos Vela from Real Sociedad.
The deal is worth £3.5 million and will give Vela another chance to impress at the Emirates Stadium, which he may not have been expecting.
While it’s a sensible move from Arsene Wenger considering Arsenal’s lack of striker options alongside Olivier Giroud, it’s a deal which hints at how Wenger could behave in the transfer market this summer.
What some Arsenal fans may have preferred was for Wenger to go out in the market, throw some cash around and do a big money deal for a striker to come in and not only play alongside Giroud, but scare the Frenchman over his starting place in the team.
There were, and still are, some obvious candidates with Arsenal linked with the lies of Diego Costa, as well as Mario Balotelli of AC Milan and Mario Mandzukic of Bayern Munich.
There are other areas of the team, which need to be tweaked such as the centre of defence, right-back and possibly a left sided winger, which would release Lukas Podolski to become an extra attacking option up front.
The club has the potential to go after big money deals but a manager who likes to do things in a more conventional manner such as avoiding the use of agents and third parties.
This is a deal which could be directly organised between the two clubs because of the term in Vela’s contract, but that reluctance to deal with third parties could explain why Wenger hasn’t moved for one of the high profile targets the club have been linked with before the World Cup.
Wenger always looks for value and at £3.5 million Vela could turn out to be far more effective than a player the Gunners could have signed for £20-30 million.
He has also always said that he will never sign a player who doesn’t give him something he doesn’t already have or isn’t better than a player he already has.
Vela is an upgrade on Yaya Sanogo who had a positive but challenging first season in English football. He also represents the smaller, quicker player that plenty have suggested Arsenal need to get more out of Mesut Ozil.
It all fits the criteria and if Loic Remy follows then the Gunners have a decent pack of strikers heading into the new season although it may be a case of how long before questions of ‘Why didn’t he spend to get x, x or x?’ start to emerge.