Carlos Vela has become the face of Los Angeles FC since he joined them prior the 2018 MLS Season, when the Black & Gold debuted in the United States top flight. Since then, he’s become one of the best players that has worn LAFC colors.
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Once the 2021 season ended, uncertainty surrounded Vela and his camp, as even if his contract with LAFC had come to an end, they had an option to add six more months if they required it, something that in the end they did.
His six-month extension was hoped to be used to agree on a long-term deal that potentially made him stay in Los Angeles for the rest of his career, but so far, LAFC hasn’t started negotiating his renovation and with only over 40 days to do it, it looks complicated that they can do it.
Added to that, the interest that Carlos Vela has on returning to Europe could be the end of his stint with the Black & Gold, as there’s already one team interested in having him on their roster for the 2022-22 season.
Who is the team that wants Vela?
According to reports from Spanish news outlets, Carlos Vela could return to Spain after leaving five years ago, when he changed La Liga side Real Sociedad for Los Angeles FC, as there’s interest from RCD Mallorca to add him to their ranks.
The arrival of Vela to Mallorca could happen given that Javier Aguirre will be the coach of the Bermellones for the next season, a coach that knows Vela well and could convince him to play for him again, as Mallorca needs players of his quality.
The only thing that was stopping Mallorca to start pursuing the addition of “El Bombardero” was the uncertainty that surrounded the team, as they didn’t know if they were going to play in La Liga next season. But now that they maintained the category, they can start negotiating with him.
How much will they have to pay for Vela?
The arrival of Carlos Vela at Estadi de Son Moix could happen without money involved, as he’ll become a free agent after June 30. The only thing that they will have to negotiate is his salary, as the Mexican striker wants a salary higher than the one that he currently has in LAFC of $4.5 million per season.