Arsenal fans should not be concerned about Charlie Patino’s projected move to La Liga, as the kid has demonstrated his commitment to the club with past deeds in recent years.
According to Marca, the 18-year-old has piqued Barcelona’s interest ahead of the January transfer window, since the Catalan club is looking to add youthful players.
Patino is expected to be the next big thing to emerge from the Hale End academy, following in the footsteps of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, who have both flourished in an Arsenal shirt since breaking into the first team.
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Despite the fact that Patino has attracted interest from clubs all across Europe, Arsenal supporters can be certain that he will not be sold, since the youngster has already turned down offers from the best clubs in the world.
Patino was a member of the Luton Academy and had been playing for the under 13’s despite only being 11 years old when he signed for the club in 2015.
“I made a phone call to my head of my department at Arsenal at the time, Sean O’Connor,” the Arsenal scout who discovered him told Charles Watts in an interview for Goal. ‘Well, I’m not coming back,’ I responded when he asked what I thought. I don’t need to see any more; you must immediately sign this youngster.”
Arsenal, however, was not the only team interested in signing the teenager; Manchester City, Chelsea, and Tottenham were also intrigued.
Patino made the wise decision to enroll in the Hale End academy, and he has thrived ever since.
He made his first-team debut against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, scoring a goal in the process, which has only added to the supporters’ enthusiasm for the youngster.
Barcelona’s interest in him is understandable, given the 18-year-old is eligible to play for Spain at the international level.
Patino grew up in London and was born in Watford. As a result, he has made appearances for England’s youth teams at the under-15 and under-16 levels.
Despite this, the boy is still entitled to represent Spain, as his father grew up in the country and was a fan of Deportivo La Coruna. His style of play has even been compared to that of a classic Spanish midfielder.
Despite his ties to Spain, Patino has stated that he will not be leaving Arsenal anytime soon, a belief shared by the club, as he will undoubtedly contribute to the team’s future success.