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Borussia Dortmund ‘cannot reach’ Chelsea’s £30m asking price for Ian Maatsen — report

Negotiations underway

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Ian Maatsen has not been able to break into the first-team with any sort of regularity so far this season, and while we may have exercised an option to extend his contract until 2025, he’s among the players most likely to depart this January.

Borussia Dortmund were recently linked, and according to the Evening Standard, the two clubs have indeed “held talks” already.

However, in a familiar twist to any proposed outgoing transfer, Dortmund are not able to meet our asking price, which is set at “around £30m”, similar to the offer we had accepted from Burnley back in the summer — before Maatsen opted against the move.

That doesn’t mean that a potential deal is completely off the table, but it might require some creative negotiating. BVB are hoping to “spread out the cost of any deal” but our ability to facilitate that by way of foreign loans has been hampered by the new FIFA loan rules (we’ve already maxed out our seven allowed loans).

There may be a small chance that Maatsen stays (again), though given how the first half of the season has gone, it surely would benefit himself personally as well to find more regular playing time.

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