Fabrizio Romano reported on Wednesday night that Charlie Patino was closing in on a loan move to Swansea City, with an agreement in the final stages and details being sorted.
Romano later confirmed that the deal had been agreed for a one-year loan, after which Patino will return to Arsenal.
The youngster has a contract with the Gunners until 2025, but he had been widely expected to leave on a permanent transfer this summer.
Earlier in the window, reports suggested Patino wasn’t keen on another loan, and he was hoping for a permanent exit – with Arsenal looking to include a buy-back clause in any potential deal.
Exactly why Patino is now going on loan instead of a permanent deal hasn’t been reported.
Perhaps the midfielder didn’t receive the permanent offers he wanted and decided to wait another year.
Maybe Arsenal convinced him he could still have a future in north London. We’ll have to wait and see on that front.
Patino spent last season on loan with Blackpool, making 37 appearances, scoring three goals, and providing four assists.
His loan spell has mostly been spoken about positively despite the disappointment around the team’s relegation.
Before that, the youngster had made his breakthrough into the Arsenal first team last season, with debut appearances in the League Cup and FA Cup.