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£23.8m French international reveals why he turned down Arsenal

Arsenal spent long days in negotiations with Real Sociedad at the start of the summer transfer window, ostensibly over the compensation fee for Carlos Vela, but it has now been revealed that the Gunners also wanted to bring in the brilliant winger Antoine Griezmann from the Basque club.

Vela’s strike partner eventually ended up in Spanish capital with Atletico, and Griezmann himself explained why he turned down a move to London with Arsenal. ‘Why Spain and not elsewhere? This is my championship, my home’, the French international said. ‘I’m happy here and Atletico is a great club. The champions were willing to pay €30 million [£23.8m] for me.

Griezmann confirms Arsenal deal with Real Sociedad

There has been much talk of Arsenal’s deal with Real Sociedad over the alleged 8m agreement to allow Carlos Vela to remain in Spain, rather than join his old team-mates at the Emirates. Well today the French international Antoine Griezmann has finally confirmed that the Mexican international has already signed a new contract at the Basque club, but gave no indication about his own future next season.

The exciting winger told ESPN Mexico about his relationship with the diminutive striker: “I’m talking to you in Spanish because of Carlos. He’s a top player; there’s no one better. We have a great relationship on and off the pitch because we’re good friends”

Arsenal accept £8m offer for Carlos Vela

So here we have Arsenal´s first confirmed bit of transfer business of the summer, with the news from the Star that the Gunners have sold Carlos Vela to Real Sociedad for the second time!

Okay it is not really a sale in the normal sense of the word as Vela has already spent two years at the La Liga outfit, but now Arsenal are set to receive another £8m from Sociedad simply by relinquishing their right to bring the Mexican back to the Emirates next season.

Why Arsenal MUST re-sign Vela AND give him a chance!!

The transfer saga involving Carlos Vela and a possible return to Arsenal Football Club seems to develop a new twist or turn every time I read about it. First he wants to come back, then the Real Sociedad president says he doesn’t. The Gunners are going to sign him, then we are going to use the clause as a bargaining chip for Antoine Griezmann, then with Atletico Madrid for Miranda or Costa.

Should Arsenal take Vela or the money as transfer plot thickens?

It seems as though Arsenal Football Club hold all the cards on this one, with a clause inserted into the contract between Carlos Vela and his La Liga club Real Sociedad. That is why, according to a report in Spanish daily AS, a delegation from Sociedad, including president Jokin Aperribay, is now in London to talk to their Arsenal counterparts about the Vela situation.

How can PSG poach Griezmann from Arsenal despite FFP ruling?

The Arsenal manager could be left scratching his head today, and wondering if he has somehow got his maths wrong. Arsene Wenger could have been forgiven for assuming that the sanctions imposed by UEFA on Man City and the French champions PSG recently would mean an easier summer in the transfer window for him and his staff, but not according to media reports.

PSG published financial figures showing that they earned almost £100 million more than the Gunners in the financial year 2012-13, but those figures were very dubious and UEFA have not accepted the ridiculous sponsorship deals with companies close to their owners as of realistic value, but they do not seem to care, having already agreed the £50 million signing of David Luiz from Chelsea.

Arsenal start the bidding in transfer hunt of Real star

It appears that Arsene Wenger may have been slightly economical with the truth when he warned Arsenal fans not to expect any early action in the transfer market. With most of the Gunners, as well as the internationals from all the big leagues around Europe, having joined their national teams in preparations for the World Cup finals, the Frenchman suggested that it would be a waiting game.

We hear that Roy Hodgson has banned football agents from his England training camp and I expect that every national coach will want the players to be focused on getting ready for Brazil rather than thinking about where they might be playing club games next season. But, according to a Metro report, Arsenal have already made their first transfer bid of the summer.

Clever Arsenal using Vela to beat Liverpool to Griezmann?

There is a theory doing the rounds that Arsene Wenger does not really want to bring Carlos Vela back to play for Arsenal. It has been reported that the Gunners were due to activate the buy back option inserted into the striker’s contract when he was sold to La Liga club Real Sociedad, and after 16 goals and 12 assists last season, it would not be a big surprise.

Carlos Vela tells Arsenal to convince him to return….

The little Mexican Carlos Vela has been away in Spain for three years, and his form has made him into a valuable player for Real Sociedad, but now he thinks it is time for him to return to Arsenal for the ridiculous fee of just 4m euros. In fact Vela thinks it “would not be intelligent” if Arsenal didn’t activate his buy back clause this summer.

When asked about the Gunners buy-back clause, Vela was quoted in the Star as saying: “It changes a lot.”

“During the last two summers, Arsenal were not interested in activating it, so we had no trouble,”

Griezmann could be set to follow Vela to Arsenal

It has been widely reported that Carlos Vela will be returning to Arsenal this summer to begin part two of his Premier League adventure, and this is one transfer rumour that seems certain to come off. And as well as rejoining some of his old team mates, the 25-year old could soon be joined by one of his current ones from Real Sociedad, Antoine Griezmann.

Arsene Wenger signed the Mexican striker when he was just 16-years old, despite the fact that he would have to wait for a work permit to play in England. This led to various loan spells in Spain and then his eventual transfer to La Liga, but the Arsenal boss was smart and is now ready to activate the very low buy back clause of €4 million.

Arsenal set to complete `no-brainer` return of Vela

As soon as Carlos Vela suggested recently that he was not averse to a return to the Premier League, I felt that it was only a matter of time before Arsenal moved in. And it appears that Arsene Wenger has wasted little time, according to reports from Spain.

Metro is reporting that it has learned that Arsenal are ready to activate the release clause of €4 million that we had written into his contract when Real Sociedad made his loan move a permanent one two years ago. One of the main reasons for Wenger letting him go in the first place was the Mexican striker’s own feeling that England and Arsenal was just not working out, so hearing the 25-year old hinting that he would happily try again at the Emirates was all we needed.

Vela is keen so his transfer return is a no-brainer for Arsenal

When Carlos Vela finally left Arsenal on a permanent basis, after a number of loan deals in Spain and England, it did not look like he would ever be coming back. Seven years with the Arsenal seemed like plenty of time for Arsene Wenger to decide whether he would make it as a Gunner or not.

But the Frenchman must have had an inkling, because he included that buy back clause, meaning that we could take him back for around £3.3 million, which is not much more than his current La Liga club Real Sociedad paid for him a couple of years ago. It still didn’t look like Vela would return, because he did not want to and had given up on his Premier League dreams. Until now that is.