Atletico Madrid line up Carlos Vela as potential replacement for Arda Turan

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Carlos Vela is reportedly a target for Atletico Madrid, should Arda Turan get his wish to leave the Spanish club.

Turkish star Arda Turan and his agent, Ahmet Bulut, have certainly sparked a wealth of transfer interest over the last couple of days, that he could leave Atletico Madrid this summer and talks with other clubs are in progress.

Creating somewhat of a domino effect in the Spanish press, speculation regarding possible replacements is beginning to emerge, after Radio Marca claimed that Atletico will turn their attentions to Real Sociedad forward, Carlos Vela, if Arda Turan is sold.

The former Asenal player is clearly a player Real Sociedad won't want to lose, especially after Antoine Griezmann departed for the Vicente Calderon last summer.

David Moyes regards the 26-year-old Mexican as a key part of his plans, as he attempts to construct a team that can push for a European finish in La Liga, although efforts to sign players on various fronts have thus far proven frustrating for the Scottish coach.

Arda Turan currently has a release clause valuation of €41 million, and hints from his agent suggest the Turk wants to join a top-four Premier League side, whilst Atletico are expected to hold out for that price, if Simeone can't convince the player to stay.

Real Sociedad renewed the contract of Carlos Vela until 2018 last summer, after agreeing to buy the remaining 50% of his economic rights, which were still owned by Arsenal, in an operation valued at €11 million plus variables. Within that contract was included a €30 million release clause valuation.

Certainly, if Atletico were to sign Carlos Vela, he could get the opportunity to rekindle an attacking partnership with Antoine Griezmann, which worked so explosively well when the pair combined to lethal effect with Real Sociedad.

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