Arsenal are set to offload youngster Robbie Burton with the youngster set to finalise a move to Dinamo Zagreb, according to Croatian outlet Sportske.
The 20-year-old was on the bench for the first-team against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup earlier in the campaign but failed to get on the pitch.
A central midfielder, he has captained Steve Bould’s under-23 outfit on several occasions this season and done so with distinction.
Burton can play in a number of central midfield roles and has three goals to his name during 2019/20 in the under-23 Premier League.
Moving to Zagreb could see him replace Dani Olmo who joined Red Bull Leipzig during January, despite speculation linking him with a switch to England.
It is thought that the fee from Zagreb to Arsenal could eventually reach £800,000 and he will leave having spent many years with the club’s academy.
Some supporters might not be overly keen to see him leave. Arsenal have a proud history of allowing youngsters a clear pathway to reach first-team stardom.
Burton will leave without having made a single appearance and some might have wanted the Gunners to hand him more time to stake his claim for a place.
Only time will tell whether Arsenal have made the right choice in allowing Burton to leave.
The chance to play regular men’s football has obviously proved decisive in the midfielder’s decision and he will surely relish the chance to prove himself.
Arsenal are well-stocked in central midfield. Granit Xhaka, Joe Willock, Lucas Torreira, Dani Ceballos and Matteo Guendouzi are all ahead of Burton at this moment in time.
Despite his departure, Arsenal will surely monitor his progress with intrigue over the next few years.