According to French media outlet RMC Sport, Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin is ready to move away from the Emirates after 10 years at the club to head to La Liga high-flyers Valencia.
After the 26-year-old was left out of the squad during the weekend defeat to Nottingham Forest, a number of teams were very interested in the French midfielder but it seems that Valencia is the certain destination for Coquelin amid interest from West Ham.
He first joined the Arsenal academy in 2008 but before making a name for himself at the Gunners, he spent 3 years on loan to Lorient, Freiburg and Charlton. When impressing for Championship side Charlton, the midfielder was called back to Arsenal early to establish himself as a Arsenal player finally. The tough-tackling Frenchman impressed massively when first arriving back from his loan but nowadays is struggling to find a space in the squad, particularly due to the reformed Jack Wilshere being back in the side.
In the past 12 months as well, suspensions and injuries has seen Coquelin dropped from the side and after all it seems he couldn’t be the defensive midfielder Arsenal so desperately desired.
The rumour is now that Francis Coquelin has agreed in principal a four-and-a-half year deal with Valencia who currently occupy 3rd position in La Liga. The two clubs are set to agree a fee for the midfielder over the next 24 hours as Arsenal are starting to clear out players from their squad.
A number of Arsenal players have been linked with a move away this January, including: Theo Walcott, Oliver Giroud and Mohammed Elneny. It remains to be seen if Arsenal will sell big stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil this window considering that they could leave on free transfers in the summer.
But it is for sure that we will see Francis Coquelin secure his move to Valencia in the coming days.