Arsenal reject Fulham move for 20yo midfielder


Arsenal has refused Fulham’s bid for Charlie Patino, the talented midfielder on loan at Swansea City, amidst increasing attention from both Premier League and international clubs, highlighting their confidence in his ongoing development.

Arsenal has reportedly rejected an approach from Fulham for Charlie Patino, amidst  interest from other Premier League and international clubs. Patino, currently on loan at Swansea City, has caught the eye with his performances, leading to speculation about his future.

The 20-year-old midfielder has scored three goals with four assists in 23 league matches, of which only 13 were starts. Patino’s impact was highlighted in Swansea’s 2-0 FA Cup victory over Morecambe, where he scored in Luke Williams’ first game as manager, earning the team a fourth-round tie against Bournemouth.


Despite the growing interest, Arsenal reportedly remains uninterested in recalling Patino from his loan spell at Swansea.

Fulham’s bid for Patino’s services was swiftly turned down by Arsenal, illustrating the club’s confidence in the young midfielder’s development at Swansea.

Adding to the narrative, Juventus has also shown keen interest in Patino. Italian scout and agent Michele Fratini confirmed Juventus’s presence at Swansea’s FA Cup fixture to watch Patino. “He is the player Juventus strongly want in Turin,” Fratini told RAI Sport (via Sport Witness).

Patino’s journey at Swansea has not been without challenges. He faced a temporary setback at the end of 2023, being dropped from the starting lineup by interim manager Alan Sheehan, who noted areas of improvement for the midfielder.

However, the turn of the year brought a resurgence for Patino, with an injury to Liam Walsh against West Bromwich Albion paving the way for his return. His performance in the 1-0 victory earned him a starting spot in the FA Cup game against Morecambe, where he seized the opportunity to score.

His efforts in the match led to him being voted Player of the Match by Swansea fans.

Reflecting on his role, Patino said, “Yesterday the gaffer was talking about as an eight, he wants goals and assists, and to make the box.” He acknowledged his efforts to position himself strategically to score and assist, underscoring the importance of these attributes for an attacking midfielder.

In subsequent matches, however, Patino has returned to a bit-part role, getting six minutes in teh league against Birmingham and 25 against Southampton.

Swansea won neither of those games, drawing 2-2 against the Blues before losing 301 at home to the Saints.

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