North London giants Arsenal have opened the bidding process for midfielder Francis Coquelin who is told he can leave Gunners during the January transfer window.
West Ham and Crystal Palace were among the clubs credited with interest in French midfielder but it’s Spanish La Liga side Valencia who have made the first move in attempt to land the out-of-sorts midfielder during the winter transfer market.
Los Che are said to have lodged a £12 million bid for the Frenchman which is £2 million above Arsenal’s asking price.
Coquelin still has three and a half years left in his Arsenal contract but the 26-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Arsenal and has been limited to only seven Premier League appearances this term.
French midfielder is keen to revive his career and a move away from Gunners would allow him to pursue regular playing minutes elsewhere.
Coquelin was left out of Arsenal’s squad at Nottingham Forest on Sunday because a transfer could happen this month and judging by the latest information the Frenchman could very well be on his way out of Arsenal over the next couple of days.
West Ham and Crystal Palace are looking for a midfield anchorman and Arsenal’s decision to pull their player out of the FA Cup was seen as a clear indicator that a buying club would not get a cup-tied man.
However, Coquelin looks closest to a move abroad with several French sides and Spanish outfit Valencia keen to secure his services.
Francis Coquelin has been with Arsenal since his youth days in 2008. He arrived in London from Stade Lavallois and has thus far made over 100 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.
The midfielder was loaned out to Lorient, Freiburg and Charlton Athletic in 2010, 2013 and 2014, respectively, and now looks set for a permanent move away from the Emirates.