Pressure grows on Valencia’s Peter Lim as Francis Coquelin is sold to Villarreal | The Guardian

Former Arsenal midfielder joins local rivals for fee of £7.2mOwner under fire over poor results and cut-price salesValencia have sold midfielder Francis Coquelin to local rivals Villarreal for a reported €8m (£7.2m) in a move that has increased criticism of the club’s owner, Peter Lim.The 29-year-old Frenchman has signed a four-year deal with Villarreal, who finished fifth last season to qualify for the Europa League and last month named former Arsenal manager Unai Emery as coach. Coquelin, who left the Gunners four months before Emery arrived, made 36 appearances for Valencia last season. Continue reading…

  • Former Arsenal midfielder joins local rivals for fee of £7.2m
  • Owner under fire over poor results and cut-price sales

Valencia have sold midfielder Francis Coquelin to local rivals Villarreal for a reported €8m (£7.2m) in a move that has increased criticism of the club’s owner, Peter Lim.

The 29-year-old Frenchman has signed a four-year deal with Villarreal, who finished fifth last season to qualify for the Europa League and last month named former Arsenal manager Unai Emery as coach. Coquelin, who left the Gunners four months before Emery arrived, made 36 appearances for Valencia last season.

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