Left-back Ian Maatsen, a Chelsea loanee, has impressed transfer news specialist and Daily Briefing columnist Fabrizio Romano during his first few months at Borussia Dortmund.
Maatsen was not given much playing time by the Blues during his tenure, and Romano has now hinted that the club may use his loan move to Dortmund as a springboard for a permanent deal in the future because they are confident in their other options.
Romano lauded Dortmund’s astute transfer market manoeuvres in January, citing the strong early performances of loan acquisitions Maatsen and Jadon Sancho from Manchester United. Romano spoke exclusively to CaughtOffside for his most recent Daily Briefing piece.
There’s a chance that BVB will sign Maatsen long-term because it appears like a good deal for all parties and the Dutchman didn’t seem to have much room in Mauricio Pochettino’s current team.
This January, Ian Maatsen left Chelsea to join Borussia Dortmund on loan.
Since joining Borussia Dortmund on loan, both Ian Maatsen and Jadon Sancho have performed admirably; it appears that the transfer market was well-executed. It is shrewd business to bring in Sancho and Maatsen; they have fully rejuvenated the team and are eager to make an impression, Romano added.
Because Chelsea and Maatsen trust other players, including Ben Chilwell, in that position, and because Maatsen wanted to play regularly, I believe he was already on the verge of departing last summer. Dortmund has the option to extend the agreement; we’ll see if they choose to do so.
Chelsea supporters might be worried about losing a gifted young player, but there’s also a chance for the team to turn a large profit on a homegrown asset. That might give them more flexibility to add players to positions where they don’t currently have as many options, like attack.