Chelsea set £20m asking price for highly-rated youngster as Premier League outfit considers deal

Ben Stewart
Ian Maatsen #29 of Burnley arriving at turf moor ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match Burnley vs Sunderland at Turf Moor, Burnley

Chelsea have reportedly put a £20million asking price on the highly-rated youngster Ian Maatsen following an impressive loan spell with Burnley.

The Dutch full-back has only made one senior appearance for Chelsea, back in the 2019-20 campaign.

He has since spent the last three years out on loan and the club could look to cash in on him while his value is at an all-time high.

Chelsea are expected to be busy this summer with both incomings and outgoings. The Blues currently have Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo and Sporting’s Manuel Ugarte in their sights.

As the club gear up for another big window of spending, they will need to cut their squad down and someone like Maatsen could depart.

According to Ekrem Konur, Chelsea will demand in excess of £20m for the 21-year-old this summer.

Reports have also claimed that Burnley are eager to sign Maatsen, although it is not clear if they would be willing to spend £20m on him.

Vincent Kompany is clearly a big fan of the defender and he got the best out of him during the most recent Championship campaign.

Producing six assists and scoring four goals, Maatsen was one of the standout defenders in the EFL last season.

With Chelsea already having Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella to occupy the role on the left, Maatsen could be deemed surplus to requirements.

Kompany spoke about Maatsen earlier in the season and how he has continued to develop at Burnley.

“He’s part of such a very strong list of players who have done really well for us this season,” Kompany told Sky Sports.

“The ingredients are always the same. He’s got to be coachable in a sense that when he’s not doing well we’ve got to be able to tell him and eventually learn from his mistakes.

“He’s got to be willing to work hard, he does that terrifically, and get better. He’s just turning into something that we expected him to be able to become.

“He’s a very, very versatile full-back with lots of energy and great potential.”

The 21-year-old is yet to play in the Premier League, but that seems like the natural next step in his development.

Burnley will have more funds to work with following their promotion, but time will tell if they deem £20m to be good value for money with Maatsen.

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