Manchester City could launch a raid against Chelsea in 2024, with Ian Maatsen believed to be a target for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Chelsea talent Ian Maatsen continues to attract huge interest and Manchester City are now joining the race to sign him.
This is acc 90 minswho claim Chelsea tried to convince Maatsen to sign a new contract.
However, Maatsen is in the final year of his contract Chelsea’s contract text reads “at least 2024”.meaning the contract could include a one-year option.
Chelsea want to sign Maatsen long-term but no deal means other clubs are sniffing.
Burnley had agreed a loan-to-buy deal worth £31.5m on deadline day but Maatsen rejected the move despite shining on loan with the Clarets last season.
Manchester City now want Ian Maatsen
The latest suitor is Manchester City, with Pep Guardiola’s side taking a close look at Maatsen’s situation at the Blues.
City would like to find a natural left-back as they have used a number of other defenders in that role recently.
Maatsen appeals to City and Guardiola’s men could make a move if there is no progress on a new contract.
Maatsen, 21, is a very attack-minded left-back who loves to go forward and support the game.
The Dutchman is currently not getting a game due to Ben Chilwell’s presence at Chelsea and if City do indeed make a move, it would be difficult for Maatsen to say no.
It would also mean City and Chelsea doing business again after Mateo Kovacic and Cole Palmer swapped places in the summer.
Vincent Kompany could feel very conflicted if City were to persuade Maatsen to move
One man who will be a bit conflicted if City were to sign Maatsen is Vincent Kompany.
The Belgian brought Maatsen to Burnley on loan last summer and was keen to re-sign him before the transfer deadline last week.
Kompany missed out on Maatsen and could now see his former club, the club where he became a legend, step in.
On the one hand, Kompany would be disappointed if his former employer signed a player he really wanted to sign.
On the other hand, Kompany still cares deeply about City and if a player he coached can secure a big move to the Etihad Stadium, he could well consider it a major achievement.
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