Arsenal have supposedly agreed a fee with Valencia to sell Francis Coquelin this month for a lowly £12 Million, but is that a fair amount?
Chelsea this week agreed a deal to bring Ross Barkley to Stamford Bridge for £15 Million, a player with only six months remaining on his contract, and also a player who has been left out of the playing squad for the entirety of the current campaign thus far.
In the same week we agree a deal for less money, to allow our midfielder who remains under contract until 2021 to leave to join Valencia, and I can’t help but think that we playing the game wrongly.
There was interest from a number of Premier League clubs for his signature, and while he may not retain the same level of potential as the new Chelsea signing, it still seems outrageous to allow Le Coq to leave for so little.
We have missed out on many deals, with Wenger himself admitting that he came close to securing a deal to bring in a number of top players previously, and our current fiasco involving both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez is also said to have been about money.
The pair have both claimed at varying times that the stumbling block over a new contract is simply financial, but the duo have been allowed to enter the final six months of the contract, and we could potentially lose both players this month instead of them leaving for free in the summer, but both should have been tied down to new deals.
Are Arsenal so far out of touch? Am I wrong to think Coquelin is being sold cheaply in the current climate?