When Francis Coquelin left Arsenal in January the timing was right for him to move on.
He has settled well at Valencia and even scored for the La Liga side last week, a real rarity.
His signing solves a bit of a conundrum for Los Che as their midfield has been built upon the success of loanees.
Andreas Pereira is likely to head back to Manchester United while Inter Milan’s high asking price makes it difficult to land Kondogbia.
Coquelin’s presence takes the pressure off Valencia a little and it opens the door for other interested clubs who want to pay up for Kondogbia.
SkySports reported in December that Tottenham Hotspur were eyeing Kondogbia as a potential successor to Mousa Dembele.
Dembele’s recent form means Spurs may not be in a rush to replace him, but at that stage Valencia were in pole position to land the midfielder.
Football Italia report Valencia do indeed have first option, but only if they can raise 45 million Euros (£39.7 million).
If they can’t quite manage it, they can rest a little easier thanks to their smart signing of Coquelin from Arsenal, as there is no longer pressure to sign a defensive midfielder, and this will benefit Spurs if they decide to pursue their interest.