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Chelsea aim to boost Ian Maatsen’s value with loan to Dortmund

Ian Maatsen in a Chelsea shirt

Ian Maatsen is set to complete a loan move to Borussia Dortmund after the German club agreed to pay Chelsea about £2 million to take him until the end of the season.

Maatsen, a left-back, is also due to extend his Chelsea contract until 2027 to put the club in a strong negotiating position over a permanent sale in the summer, although the new contract is thought to contain a release clause.

Having seen players such as Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham shine at Dortmund and attract big-money moves, Chelsea believe Maatsen’s value could soar in Germany. That has convinced the club to allow him to move there for a relatively modest loan fee in the hope that they will be able to cash in at the end of the season.

Maatsen was due to travel to Germany on Tuesday to complete his loan switch and was left out of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad for the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Middlesbrough.

The 21-year-old, who turned down a move back to Burnley last summer, will agree personal terms and undergo a medical before his loan move to Dortmund is formally completed.

Maatsen was nearing the end of his Chelsea contract, but the club are expected to agree an extension with the idea of selling him permanently in the summer.

Pochettino had largely used Maatsen as a substitute during the first half of the season and often played him as a makeshift winger during his 15 appearances.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s owners have put £140 million back into the club by buying 1,000 new shares. Although the injection of cash was, according to Companies House, made just before the start of the January transfer window, it is unclear what the money will be used for.

The club are still believed to have transfer instalments to pay on existing players and have also missed out on European revenue this season.

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