Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela has an offer on the table from Barcelona, according to compatriot Jonathan dos Santos.
Vela was heavily linked with joining the Blaugrana on loan last January and has previously admitted a deal was “really close“.
Then, LAFC held firm on their player, causing Barcelona to turn their attention to Kevin-Prince Boateng who failed to impress at the Nou Camp.
Could Vela join Barcelona? Five things to know…
- Vela was linked with joining Barcelona on loan in January 2019.
- However, the move was prevented with LAFC unwilling to sell.
- Barcelona eventually signed Kevin-Prince Boateng on loan
- Vela went on to score 34 goals in 31 MLS regular-season games.
- But, according to Dos Santos, Vela has another offer from Barcelona on the table.
LAFC’s decision turned out to be a big one for the club as Vela went on to have his best season in Los Angeles to date. The Mexican scored 34 goals in 31 MLS regular-season games and added a further 10 assists, helping LAFC top the Western Conference as Supporters’ Shield winners, reaching the play-offs in the process.
It saw him beat Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the league’s Golden Boot and break the record for most goals scored in a single MLS season which was previously 31, held by Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez.
Vela scored two more goals in the play-offs but was unable to stop LAFC from bowing out at the Western Conference final stage, losing 3-1 to Seattle Sounders.
But it appears his performances have piqued Barcelona’s interest once more, with fellow Mexican Dos Santos claiming Vela has an offer on the table once more.
“As I am now on vacation, I have not had much contact with him [Vela],” he told Colombian station W Radio.
“But it is true, he has that offer on the table [from Barcelona]. I don’t know what he’s going to do.
“He’s very happy in Los Angeles, he had a spectacular season, but Barca looking for you is a very nice opportunity.
“I’m happy for him. As a Mexican, I hope this possibility can be given.”
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A return to Europe on the cards?
When he was first linked to Barcelona last season, Vela admitted he had told his agent to go through with the move, which would have seen the Mexican return to Europe.
Vela joined Arsenal in 2006, signing from Mexican side Chivas, and spent six years with the English club. The forward played 64 matches for the Gunners in that spell, spending a lot of his time away on loan.
These loan moves included four spells in Spain with Celta Vigo, UD Salamanca, Osasuna and Real Sociedad, the latter of whom signed Vela permanently in 2012.
Vela would spend another six years with Sociedad, playing 250 times in total, adding to his loan appearances, scoring 73 goals. The forward then joined LAFC in January 2018 where he has a very impressive scoring record of 53 goals in 67 games.