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Sport Valencia agree £12m fee for Coquelin

21:01  10 january  2018
21:01  10 january  2018 Source:   skysports.com

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Francis Coquelin has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract with Valencia . Arsenal and Valencia will thrash out a fee for the star over the next 24 hours. And that sparked interest from across the capital.

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Valencia have agreed a £12m fee with Arsenal for the transfer of midfielder Francis Coquelin, Sky Sports News understands.

The 26-year-old prepares to move to Spain after rejecting interest from Premier League clubs West Ham United and Crystal Palace.

The French midfielder has been at Arsenal for almost a decade but appearances in the first team this season have been limited with just seven starts in all competitions.

When quizzed about Coquelin's future on Tuesday, manager Arsene Wenger said: "It's a possibility [Coquelin's departure] but nothing is decided."

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GETTY. Francis Coquelin is destined to leave Arsenal after nearly 10 years at the club. The French ace is also reported target for West Ham and Crystal Palace. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is beginning an overhaul of his squad and Coquelin is no longer part of his plans.

The midfielder made his debut for Arsenal in 2008 having signed from French club Stade Lavallois that summer.

Loan spells at Lorient, Freiburg and Charlton followed before Coquelin broke into the Arsenal first team on a regular basis in the 2014/15 season.

Coquelin won two FA Cups with the club appearing in the 2015 and 2017 finals but the re-emergence of Jack Wilshere as well as competition from Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny has forced Coquelin to seek a move abroad.

Arsenal are expected to open contract discussions with Wilshere in the next week with the England midfielder's deal coming to an end in June.

Valencia sign Coquelin .
Valencia have confirmed the signing of midfielder Francis Coquelin from Arsenal on a four-and-a-half year deal.Valencia have confirmed the signing of midfielder Francis Coquelin from Arsenal on a four-and-a-half year deal with a £71.2m release clause in his contract.

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