Chelsea 'set astonishing £20million asking price for transfer of forgotten man who's NEVER played in Premier League' | The Sun

CHELSEA are prepared to sell forgotten man Ian Maatsen this summer, according to reports.

Maatsen, 21, joined the Blues' youth setup in 2018 and made his professional debut the following year in a League Cup win over Grimsby Town.

However, following his 24-minute cameo, the Dutchman failed to establish himself as a regular name in the first team.

He was subsequently loaned out to Charlton, Coventry and, most recently, Burnley, where he enjoyed a successful 2022-23 campaign.

Clarets boss Vincent Kompany is a known admirer of Maatsen, so much so that he is determined to keep him at Turf Moor beyond the expiry of his loan.

According to The Evening Standard, Burnley want to sign the left-back on a permanent deal this summer.

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However, they are reluctant to meet Chelsea's £20million asking price.

Maatsen has just one year remaining on his current Chelsea contract, but he could sign an extension before returning to Burnley next season.

The Blues may also decide to keep the full-back, with Marc Cucurella's future uncertain due to the imminent arrival of Mauricio Pochettino.

As well as Maatsen and Cucurella, Chelsea also have Ben Chilwell and Lewis Hall to cover the position.

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Maatsen made 42 appearances for Burnley last season and played a crucial role in helping the club to the Championship title.

The Dutchman won the Championship Player of the Month award in January for his impressive form.

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