ARSENAL are set to trigger an extension to the contract of promising midfielder Charlie Patino.
The 19-year-old is currently enjoying a loan spell at Championship side Blackpool.
In his 17 games for the Tangerines, Patino has scored twice and assisted two more goals.
He has become a fan favourite at Bloomfield Road, with fans coming up with their own song for the midfielder.
Despite missing four games earlier in the season due to a twisted ankle, he has impressed with his regular game time.
Patino’s form has convinced Arsenal that he deserves an extension to his contract at the Emirates.
The Gunners are set to trigger a two-year extension to his deal, which is set to expire at the end of the current season, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The decision may also have been affected by the reported interest from La Liga giants Barcelona.
The Catalan club are believed to be closely monitoring his situation as they consider a swoop for him.
Patino has Spanish heritage through his father, who idolises former Barcelona star Andres Iniesta.
Arsenal already managed to win the race to sign him as a youngster ahead of Chelsea and Manchester City.
Therefore the North London club would not want to see their own labour not come to any tangible reward.
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