Shocking: Francis Coquelin to Valencia is done

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The omission of Francis Coquelin from yesterday’s FA Cup third round squad raised some eyebrows, especially in the wake of some comments from Arsene Wenger beforehand talking up his quality and professionalism

It led to speculation that he could be on the move, and earlier today reports emerged linking him with West Ham and Crystal Palace.

This evening, a story from Spain says that Valencia are interested in the midfielder, and have been in negotiations with Arsenal for a number of weeks about a possible transfer.

Cadena Ser say that the 26 year old could move on loan with a compulsory option to purchase in the summer, or the La Liga outfit could pay a transfer fee now to secure his services.

The two clubs have done plenty of business in the last little while, with Shkodran Mustafi arriving in August 2016, and last summer we sold Gabriel there for a fee of around £11m, so there are good lines of communication.

It would be a great move for Coquelin, certainly better than having to play for either West Ham or Crystal Palace, so we’ll keep a close eye on this one.

It seems almost certain that he’ll be on the move, and with Arsene Wenger saying the club will definitely do business this month, we could be on the lookout for a midfielder to replace him.


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