Arsenal's Francis Coquelin close to completing Valencia move – sources
Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is close to completing a move to Valencia, although the clubs are still negotiating the terms of the deal, sources have told ESPN FC.
RMC reported on Wednesday that Coquelin had agreed terms on a four-and-a-half-year contract with Valencia, and Arsenal sources told ESPN FC that they expect the deal to be completed shortly, even though final details are still being hammered out.
On Wednesday, Valencia gave an indication that a signing is imminent when they tweeted a photograph of a suitcase with the club logo and the message: ¨We have a new one ready!!”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger confirmed at a news conference on Tuesday that Coquelin could leave the club after nearly a decade, having joined as a 17-year-old in 2008.
The French holding midfielder has only started one Premier League game this season, with Granit Xhaka preferred instead.
Coquelin had his major breakthrough in 2015 after being recalled from a loan spell at Charlton as injury cover and was a regular starter until Xhaka’s arrival in the summer of 2016.
He has played 159 games for Arsenal, but never scored a goal.
Mattias is ESPN FC’s Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.