The rumours before now were, that Arsenal wanted the Mexican back in the fold at the Emirates. While others indicated that it was a smokescreen, that Arsenal wanted the Basque club to buy out the £3.5 million clause in Vela’s contract. And as is the case with Arsenal the latter was certainly true at the end.
As it has been reported Carlos Vela has signed a new 5 year deal with Real Sociedad with Arsenal getting £10 million in return. Which means yet again the club has made a good profit on a player sale without necessarily doing any ground breaking work. This shows that for all the supposed incompetence of the Arsenal negotiating team when it comes to tying up a deal for a player coming into the club, there is still some measure of good in them in that they have always kept up the track record of making profit out of players not at the club or not wanted by the club.
Over the years the club have developed a track record of raking in profit from player sales. Players like Lassana Diarra and David Bentley brought hefty profit to the club as a result of clauses inserted in their contracts when they left for Portsmouth and Blackburn. And their respective transfers to Real Madrid and Spurs respectively meant Arsenal yielded some fees.
However, over the years, the club has been perfect in making profits whether in direct transfer fees or in indirect transfer fees, but spending such money on the improvement on the team has become an albatross.
If the trend was the rule then, the present landscape certainly makes for an exception. As it has become imperative that the monies gathered from the Vela sale should be added to the budget available to strengthen the squad. Broken promises have come and gone before now. But the fact that money is available and this is known to everybody and more are been raked in, only means the club cannot afford to stand hands akimbo and watch while others trot their stuff in the transfer market.
The fans are not interested in increased bank balances, rather they want improvement in the team with the use of the money in bank. The competition is becoming ever fierce in the Premier League and a knack to prioritize bank balance over the team’s strength should not take precedence this time around as the stars that has always shone on the club’s supposed 4th position could get extinguished if the needful is not done.