Valencia signs Coquelin from Arsenal for reported £12M fee
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Francis Coquelin is off to Spain after Valencia CF agreed to a deal with Arsenal on Thursday regarding the French midfielder's transfer.

A buyout clause worth €80 million was inserted into the contract.

According to the Guardian's David Hytner, the transfer is valued at £12 million. The deal will run until June 30, 2022.

Coquelin joins a Valencia side that's surpassed expectations and sits third in La Liga, five points clear of last year's champion, Real Madrid, with 37 points after 18 matches.

West Ham was reportedly in pursuit until Coquelin informed the Premier League side of his intention to sign with Los Che, who signed former Gunners defender Gabriel Paulista last summer.

Opportunities were few and far between this season in north London, as Coquelin primarily featured as a substitute for Arsenal in the Premier League.

Coquelin made a name for himself shortly after he was recalled in 2015 from his third loan spell, and it appeared as though he would carve out a permanent place in Arsene Wenger's team.

He featured in a career-high 29 league matches last term, but has been a surplus to requirements this season as Wenger has elected to deploy the resurgent Jack Wilshere, Granit Xhaka, and Aaron Ramsey in deep-lying positions in the middle of the park.

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