Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea have just received official bid for 21-year-old full-back

Graham Potter

Fabrizio Romano has now claimed that Chelsea have just received a bid for their 21-year-old left-back Ian Maatsen. He took to Twitter to state that Borussia Dortmund have now submitted their proposal to try and sign Ian Maatsen in the January transfer window.

The Dutchman is also reportedly open to a move to the Bundesliga after recent interest. This is despite the fact that he turned down an opportunity to leave the club during the summer. A bid was actually accepted for his services back in the summer.

Chelsea receive official bid for Maatsen from Borussia Dortmund

Romano said: “Understand Borussia Dortmund have sent official proposal to Chelsea for Ian Maatsen today! Loan bid submitted, more details to be clarified soon between the two clubs. Maatsen, keen on BVB move. More to follow as negotiations are now at advanced stages.”

The move makes sense as Dortmund let go of left-back Raphael Guerreiro in the summer. Maatsen could be the perfect replacement for Guerreiro. He could certainly bring the explosiveness and attacking output that the Portuguese used to provide down the left flank.

Pochettino didn’t really trust Maatsen

Both Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella have suffered problems that have kept them out for extended spells. Despite the injury crisis in the left-back position, the 21-year-old has not been able to string together a regular run of appearances.

He has just one Premier League start this season and even that didn’t come at left-back. That single League start came in an attacking role on the right.

Instead, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has been more keen to use Levi Colwill instead of Maatsen in that position so far during this campaign, despite the fact that Colwill continues to look far more comfortable in a central role in the side.

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