- Francis Coquelin’s release clause at Valencia has been revealed
- The French midfielder has just joined the club from Arsenal
- Coquelin would now cost clubs £71million to prise away
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Valencia have announced they’ve given Francis Coquelin a staggering release clause of €80million (£71m) upon signing him from Arsenal today.
The Frenchman spent over ten years at the Emirates Stadium without ever really spending much time as a regular in the first-team, but was surprisingly snapped up by the La Liga side this January.
In fairness, Coquelin showed some promise when he broke into the side on a more regular basis midway through the 2014/15 season when an injury crisis handed him a spot in that defensive midfield position.
And yet, Arsenal fans would never likely consider him anywhere near a £71m player based on his form in the last couple of seasons.
A limited performer, it remains to be seen if the 26-year-old will even manage a great deal more playing time at Valencia, who have plenty of fine options already.
Prediction: Coquelin’s going to do a bit of an N’Zonzi at Valencia and join Chelsea/Man City for £50m in 2-3 years.
— Mark Brus (@mbrus88) January 11, 2018
Los Che are currently third in La Liga and will hope to challenge Barcelona for the title this season, with January a decent time to put themselves in a stronger position by making signings.
Coquelin, however, does not look like the player to do it, though at least they’re in a position to make a decent amount of money if he does end up taking his game to a new level in Spain.