Chelsea set for showdown talks with £30m star who Pochettino won’t hesitate to sell in January

Ben Stewart
Chelsea's Ian Maatsen celebrates with his teammates
Chelsea's Ian Maatsen celebrates with his teammates

Chelsea are set for showdown talks with Ian Maatsen as the club are looking to protect his value amid interest from Premier League clubs.

The summer transfer window has now closed for Premier League clubs, but Mauricio Pochettino will already have one eye on January.

Chelsea ended up selling over 14 players this summer and they almost lost Maatsen on deadline day. The club accepted a bid of £3om from Burnley, but the player rejected the move.

Maatsen spent last season on loan with Burnley and thrived under Vincent Kompany. The versatile defender produced 10 goal contributions and helped Burnley to promotion at the first time of asking.

Along with Burnley, West Ham have also been linked with the defender. While Mauricio Pochettino seems to rate Maatsen, he will be aware that the defender only has one year remaining on his current contract.

Chelsea seemed happy to take the money from Burnley this summer, but their stance on the 21-year-old has recently changed according to Fabrizio Romano.

“Ian Maatsen’s situation at Chelsea will be clarified in the next weeks/months,” Romano told Caught Offside.

“Chelsea are waiting to understand his position on a new contract. If he doesn’t renew and they decide to let him go, the price tag will probably be close to what they agreed with Burnley; £30m package, add-ons included.”

The Italian journalist also provided some insight on Twitter and claimed: “Future now depends on contract; new deal or solution to be found on the market in 2024.”

It makes sense that Chelsea will look to cash in on Maatsen in January if he doesn’t extend his current deal. Maatsen himself seems willing to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge and would likely be open to extending his deal.

The 21-year-old was used as an attacking full-back while on loan with Burnley and Pochettino experimented with using him as a winger in pre-season.

Pochettino did speak highly of the youngster during pre-season and he has already given him a handful of substitute appearances this season.

“So far, he is in my plan, yes,” Pochettino confirmed during pre-season. “I am so pleased with him, as I’ve said, because of his attitude, commitment and his understanding of the game.

“He is a player that you can use in different positions and that is a good thing for the team and the coaching staff. It is always good to have this type of player.”

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