Ian Maatsen emerged as a promising talent when he joined the Chelsea first team after a “study abroad” period at Burnley in the 2022/23 season. The injury situation raging at Stamford Bridge increased Maatsen’s playing time.
However, with the young star’s contract set to expire at the end of the current season, clubs across Europe are starting to pay attention to recruiting the Chelsea player. A few days ago, Sport newspaper confirmed that Barcelona wanted to win the signature of the Dutch defender. The Blaugrana see the Blues star as an ideal rotation option for Alejandro Balde on the left wing.
However, it is not easy for Barca to complete the deal because two Premier League clubs are ready to get in the way. Specifically, a source from Teamtalk.com revealed, Manchester City and West Ham United are two opponents challenging Barca in the race to recruit Maatsen.
If he comes to Man City, Maatsen will have the opportunity to play in the Champions League and compete for many titles. Meanwhile, West Ham will give regular playing opportunities to players born in 2002.
Lu Phong | 06:00 October 17, 2023