Arsenal midfielder Charlie Patino will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 19-year-old midfielder has spent this season on loan at Championship strugglers Blackpool and the youngster has now decided he wants to leave Arsenal at the end of the season on a permanent basis in his pursuit of more first-team football.
Arsenal transfer news: Charlie Patino to leave Gunners in summer
According to The Athletic journalist David Ornstein, Patino does not want to move on a loan basis next season and there is a strong amount of interest from clubs in England and around Europe that are prepared to invest in the central midfielder, who can also play as a holding defensive midfielder.
🚨 EXCL: Charlie Patino set to leave Arsenal permanently this summer. 19yo wants regular 1st team action; unlikely for now + prefers not to exit #AFC on loan again. Club receptive & ready to help facilitate, as interest builds from UK/abroad @TheAthleticFC https://t.co/S1jlrCC0OY
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) May 1, 2023
At the early stage of his career, Patino does not believe he will break through into the Arsenal first-team ahead of experienced midfielders Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, and Jorginho and the Gunners will not get in the way of one of their brightest academy prospects leaving the club in the summer.
Patino became a fan-favorite at Blackpool earlier this season after he scored in a 4-2 home win in their local derby against bitter rivals Preston North End.