Barcelona could make a shock swoop for Arsenal teenage starlet Charlie Patino in 2022.
Patino has emerged as one of the brightest prospects within the Gunners underage set up in the last two season alongside caps for England from U15 to U17 level.
Despite not turning 18 until next month, Patino has already featured regularly for the club’s U23 side, and Mikel Arteta is expected to promote him to the first team in the coming months.
According to reports from the Daily Mirror, Arteta is aware of the growth in transfer interest in the 17-year-old, and Barcelona fan Patino could be tempted by a move to the Camp Nou.
However, despite the speculation over his future, Arteta is confident the Premier League giants can keep hold of Patino.
Arteta and the Arsenal board will sit down to contract talks after his 18th birthday with an 18-month contract already tabled for him.
Patino could make his senior debut in next week’s EFL Cup clash with AFC Wimbledon as Aretea loos to fast track his development.
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