According to a report from The Athletic’s David Ornstein (£), Charlie Patino is set to leave Arsenal on a permanent basis this summer.
The 19 year old has spent this current campaign on loan with Blackpool, making 36 appearances in all competitions – scoring three goals and providing four assists, but his contribution was not enough to prevent relegation to League One.
His desire to play regular first team football has been acknowledged by Arsenal who will not stand in his way should the right kind of offer come through.
Central midfield is an area the club are targeting for at least one high profile summer signing, with Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo both heavily linked. With other senior players in the squad, the pathway for Patino to play as much as he would like is a difficult one, so a move makes sense.
The reality of playing Champions League football next season also makes it more difficult to blood young Academy talent. As the level goes up, it’s harder to make the breakthrough, and it now seems unlikely he’ll add to his two senior appearances for the club.
If he does go, let’s hope we sell well, with good sell-on clauses included.