Arsenal latest: Interest in Barcelona forward rumoured as Vela situation resolved

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Many will be focusing on the World Cup in Brazil right now, but Arsenal are taking steps to begin their summer transfer activity by agreeing to the sale of Carlos Vela to Real Sociedad. The Mexican has been with Sociedad for some time, but Arsenal had a buy-back option included in the contract, but Vela will now stay in San Sebastian for good according to the La Liga side.

"Real Sociedad have reached an agreement with Arsenal which will allow Carlos Vela to continue at the club on a permanent basis," they announced on Tuesday. "The player meanwhile, has signed a contract extension which ties him to Real Sociedad for the next four seasons. The player's previous contract was due to expire in June 2016. The Mexican striker has now formally signed his new contract."

Whilst Vela won't be returning to Arsenal, one forward who looks set to is Costa Rican Joel Campbell. The 21-year-old spent last season on loan with Olympiacos, and many thought that he had no future at the Emirates Stadium, but his impressive performances at the World Cup will see him given a chance next season, despite interest from AC Milan.

"It is so. But the reality is that the player has a two-year contract with Arsenal; the directive we have from London right now is that after the World Cup he will return to England," said agent Joaquim Batica. "Italy is a major championship. In the future, Joel wants to achieve important goals, then never say never."

Even if Campbell does return, the Gunners are widely expected to add another forward this summer, leading to speculation that Arsenal will target a move for Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean is currently starring in the World Cup but could leave under new boss Luis Enrique, leading to Arsenal's interest in signing the former Udinese man.

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