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Catch 22 – A Tale of Vela, Real Sociedad, and Arsenal


Carlos Vela, Mexican International, is in an interesting situation. Here are the facts: He is having a stellar season at Real Sociedad leading the team with 11 goals; He is on loan to La Real Sociedad from Arsenal and his contract with Arsenal expires next season; He has never played consistent minutes with Arsenal and he has publicly stated that he has no desire to return to Arsenal; La Real would like to buy his contract, and Vela has expressed his interest to stay with La Real; Lastly, La Real is in adminsitration and must be frugal with all of its expenditures.

Here is the Catch 22: The better Vela plays, the higher his transfer fee rises. Normally a higher transfer fee is a good thing. However, the higher Vela’s fee rises the more likely he is to leave La Real, where he found his form and has coalesced with the team, and transfer to a team with deeper pockets.

Arsenal has one year left to recoup it’s investment, so it would appear that it’s in Arsenal’s interest to make a transfer deal now rather than letting his contract expire. It would also appear that La Real prefers to make a deal now, converting a loan to a purchase, rather than wait until Vela’s contract expires and a possible bidding war ensues. To avoid the bidding war scenario, La Real has already approached Vela’s agent to come to terms with a transfer fee and a new contract.

Meanwhile, casting a shadow on the situation, are the Olympic games. Vela’s agent might want to gamble that Vela is called up and both Mexico and Vela perform well enough to draw even further interest in Vela before the summer transfer window closes at the end of August.

Interesting predicament for everyone involved.


-Leo Gutierrez

Elisa On May - 1 - 2012
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