Real Sociedad edging close to Vela, but sounding out alternatives to Aguilar

Real Sociedad are stepping up transfer activity, with several reports putting them at an advanced stage of negotiations with Arsenal over Carlos Vela, whilst a deal for Hercules’ Abel Aguilar proves a little more complicated.

It is understood Arsene Wenger is open to Mexican Vela’s departure on loan or for a fee in light of an inability to guarantee him playing time, with the London club’s capture of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seemingly confirming to Spanish media of Vela’s potential exit.

AS reported at the end of last week that talks between the clubs were already ‘advanced’ with sporting director Lorenzo Loren having already promised the team two big transfers to be finalised soon, with one of those being a striker capable of playing on the wing.

Another purchase the Basques are expected to complete is that of Aguilar from relegated Hercules. The midfielder has had spells at Xerez and Zaragoza, and in light of his current side’s entrance into administration, the Colombian is thought once more attainable. Interestingly though, Hercules have declared the player untransferable, both through director Pefecto Palacio and Coach Juan Carlos Mandia’s words.

Sociedad have reportedly made an offer for the 26-year-old, but for Hercules to come back with an asking price believed to be out of the Basques’ price-range.

However, the player is understood to be keen to remain in the Primera Division, and significantly, Los Herculanos still owe a €100,000 debt to Udinese for their original €1.5m purchase of the No 14 last summer, with the Zebrette also thought to be holding 50% of the player’s registration. As a result, Loren is in contact with the Italian club owner’s son Gino Pozzo as much as the side from Alicante.

Attention in the market is also focused on Serie A, as the club spend the final part of pre-season in Italy. Loren is rumoured to be sounding out deals for Inter midfielders McDonald Mariga and Sulley Muntari, both believed to be available, and both offering alternative options to Aguilar.

Loren passed comment when asked about Aguilar and Mariga as: “two players we are considering,” and described Vela as: “the main option for the left. His versatility is important as he can play both wings and up front. This may help us avoid needing to sign other players. We are in contact with the player and his club and are just polishing the details. Arsenal do not want to get rid of him, but rather loan him for a year, and assess things next summer.”

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