Borussia Dortmund confident about signing Chelsea's Ian Maatsen

Ian Maatsen wearing Chelsea kit
Maatsen has been played out of position under Pochettino - Getty Images/Andrew Kearns

Borussia Dortmund are optimistic about signing Ian Maatsen from Chelsea even though the clubs are yet to settle on a permanent or loan agreement.

Chelsea accepted an offer from Burnley last summer for Maatsen to return to the club on loan ahead of a permanent £31 million switch, but the player rejected the move.

It is understood that Chelsea would rather sell Maatsen this month, while Dortmund favour a loan, but the expectation in Germany is that the two clubs will find an agreement, with talks already under way.

Having spent the majority of the first half of the season on Chelsea’s substitutes’ bench Maatsen is likely to be keen on the prospect of moving to Dortmund, where Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho flourished.

Naturally a left-back, Maatsen’s limited opportunities under head coach Mauricio Pochettino have come on the wing.

Dortmund’s interest in Maatsen is not believed to be linked to their move to re-sign Sancho on loan, with a potential deal for the Manchester United winger not expected to influence whether or not they continue to press ahead with talks over the Chelsea 21-year-old.

A move to Germany for Maatsen may convince Chelsea to try to sign a left-back this month, even though Ben Chilwell is on his way back from injury.

Marc Cucurella is recovering from surgery and Chilwell’s injury record may lead Chelsea to look at players who could give the England international competition for the rest of the season, although Levi Colwill has deputised in the position.

Chelsea have confirmed that Brazilian midfielder Andrey Santos has been recalled from his loan at Nottingham Forest, where he made only two appearances.

As first revealed by Telegraph Sport, Chelsea have agreed a deal for teenager Alex Matos, who has been in Pochettino’s first-team squad this season, to join Huddersfield Town on loan for the rest of the season.

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