La Liga high-flyers Valencia have bolstered their options in the centre of the park with Francis Coquelin joining them from Arsenal. The 26-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a four-year contract with the Mestalla outfit which is understood to include a staggering buy-out clause of £70m.
Coquelin only penned a fresh long-term deal with the Gunners in January 2017 but he struggled to make himself a regular during the first half of the 2017/18 season where he was often used from the substitutes’ bench.
Prior to joining Los Che, Coquelin is said to have attracted interest from both Crystal Palace and West Ham United in the English top-flight but the prospect of fighting for a Champions League position with Marcelino’s side was too hard to refuse.
At present, Valencia are eight points ahead of fifth-placed Sevilla in the pursuit of a Champions League spot and Coquelin’s arrival may only enhance their chances, given they have already found a solid midfield partnership.
Daniel Parejo and loan signing Geoffrey Kongdogbia have been hugely influential towards the Spanish club staying within the top-four positions and Coquelin may initially have to start with a back-up role, although the competition should be lesser than that at the Emirates Stadium.
Coquelin spent nine seasons with the north London giants and during this period, he managed to make over 100 appearances in the Premier League. His standout showing was against Manchester City during the Gunners’ 2-0 triumph in 2015 and the club have since failed to secure a single league victory over a top-six opposition on the road.
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