Premier League giants Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all vying for the signature of 11-year-old Luton Town wonderkid Charlie Patino, according to reports.
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Patino has turned heads with his performances with the Luton youth academy, and The Daily Mail reports that the youngster’s parents have visited the training grounds of all three of the London clubs and will make a decision at the end of the season.
Patino carries a sizeable price tag for an 11-year-old, with either Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham reportedly having to pay a transfer fee in the region of £10k to sign the midfielder.
It is believed all three clubs have officially made contact with Luton to ensure all FIFA guidelines are followed in regards training compensation.
Charlie’s father Julio, who emigrated to England from Spain in the 1960’s, says his son is an avid fan of La Liga giants Barcelona.
“Charlie doesn’t watch the Spanish football, he analyses it. His mind is ticking away, watching the player movements and asking why they made certain decisions,” Julio told The Daily Mail.
“He is very intelligent. He would say his favourite team is Barcelona and he has definitely been influenced as a player by the Spanish style of football.”
Luton’s youth academy has produced the likes of Jack Wilshere, Matthew Upson and Curtis Davies.