Real Sociedad president Jokin Aperribay had flown to London to meet with Arsenal officials in order to block Carlos Vela's return to the Emirates Stadium, reports in Spain claim.
Spanish newspaper VozPopuli reported on Wednesday that the Gunners had activated a €4m buy-back clause that will see the Mexican star return to north London this summer – unless Arsene Wenger opts to include him in another deal.
However, San Sebastian-based newspaper Noticias de Gipuzkoa reports that Arsenal are yet to pay that clause and that Real Sociedad president met with the Gunners official on Thursday in order to delay the move.
Even though Arsenal have not yet meet Vela's release clause the Gunners are likely to in order to sell him on for great than his €4m buy-back clause.
According to the reports in Spain, Atletico Madrid and a number of big European clubs are considering to meet his €30m release clause – with Arsenal and Real sharing the profit equally.
However, Noticias de Gipuzkoa report Real Sociedad would rather to keep the player in La Liga and Arsenal officials have told the club president they would have to pay €12m to secure the 100% of Vela's services – or they will activate his €4m buy-back clause.
The 25-year-old striker has been a sensation in La Liga this season, scoring 15 goals and grabbing 12 assists in 34 appearances - becoming the fourth-highest assist-maker in La Liga after Angel Di Maria, Koke and Cesc Fabregas.