According to Fabrizio Romano, Charlie Patino is on the verge of joining Swansea on a season-long loan.
The news comes as something of a surprise after The Athletic reported in May that Arsenal would be open to selling the 19-year-old should a suitable offer be forthcoming.
It’s unclear whether the decision to loan the midfielder for a second consecutive season means the club have changed their mind or if interested parties haven’t been able to stump up the necessary cash.
Hailed as one of Arsenal’s most-promising academy talents prior to his senior debut, Patino didn’t waste time making a strong first impression on fans when he came off the bench to score in the 5-1 League Cup win over Sunderland in December 2021.
EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal 2003 born talent Charlie Patino closing in on loan move to Swansea, here we go! 🚨🦢 #AFC
Verbal agreement at final stages, club source confirms — details being sorted.
Understand it’s loan until June then back to Arsenal, deal expires in 2025. pic.twitter.com/mHz9osrFo3
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 9, 2023
He went on to start the FA Cup third round defeat to Nottingham Forest the following month but hasn’t featured since.
Last season, Patino made 36 appearances in all competitions for Blackpool – scoring three goals and providing four assists – but wasn’t able to prevent their relegation to League One.
A move to Swansea marks a return to the Championship and another chance to impress potential suitors. He remains under contract at Emirates Stadium until 2025.