Arsenal wonderkid Charlie Patino set to leave the club permanently this summer
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Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino is expected to leave the club on a permanent basis this summer, according to reports
The 19-year-old has impressed on loan at Blackpool this season, despite the Championship side suffering relegation.
He has made 33 appearances for Stephen Dobbie's side, popping up with six goal contributions during that time.
The midfielder is expected to return to the Emirates at the end of the season, however he might not hang around for long, with the teenager keen to play first team football - a feat that looks unlikely based on Arsenal's current setup.
The Gunners triggered the option to extend Patino’s contract until 2025, though his chances of first-team football next season appear slim - especially considering Mikel Arteta's intention to upgrade their central midfield this summer.
Patino set to leave Arsenal
Similarly to on-loan striker Folarin Balogun, Patino would rather find a new club than be sent out on loan again, claim The Athletic.
The report states that 'talks have reportedly taken place between both parties, who are ready to help facilitate a switch amid growing interest from the UK and abroad'.
Patino was enrolled into Arsenal's academy at the age of 11, signing his first professional deal in 2020, but has made just two appearances for the north London club.
Arsenal's Champions League status could also limit his chances, with the likes of Declan Rice rumoured with a move to the Emirates - subsequently blocking Patino's route to the team.
It would seem a shame to lose a player so connected with the club, while he appears to tick many of the boxes Arteta is after in the transfer market.
However, Patino looks to have made his mind up, and could move on for pastures new in the summer.