Borussia Dortmund unwilling to pay more than £25 million to sign Ian Maatsen

Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen was on loan at Borussia Dortmund this past season, with the Bundesliga giants keen on a permanent move.

Ian Maatsen has been quite impressive for Borussia Dortmund, and they are hoping to sign him permanently. However, according to 90min, the Bundesliga giants are unwilling to pay over £25 million for the defender. Chelsea value the 22-year-old at £35 million, which is also his release clause, and it will be interesting to see if they are willing to lower the asking price.

Maatsen is highly rated across Europe, and he has a bright future. He will look to play regularly, and Chelsea might not be able to provide him with that platform. He will look to leave the club permanently this summer, and a move to Dortmund appeals to him. The Bundesliga club will help him continue his development with regular football.

The 22-year-old has a contract with Chelsea until 2026, and the Blues are not under pressure to sell him just yet. It will be interesting to see if they decide to hold on to their asking price and wait for a better offer in the coming weeks.

Chelsea should look to keep Maatsen

The 22-year-old defender is a prodigious talent with a bright future. Chelsea could end up regretting the decision to let him leave this summer. The Blues could use a quality left-back like him, especially if Marc Cucurella leaves the club. The Spaniard has been quite underwhelming since joining Chelsea, and he needs to be replaced.

Ideally, Chelsea should look to convince the young defender to continue at the club and offer him game-time assurances as well. He could be a key player for Chelsea in the long term. The Dutchman has the potential to develop into one of the finest full-backs in European football with the right guidance.

Maatsen is already operating at a high level, and he will only get better with coaching and experience. If the Bundesliga club can secure his signature for £25 million this summer, it would represent an excellent bargain for them in the long term. The £35 million-rated prospect has the quality to justify the investment in the coming seasons.

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