Report: Club now close to signing 'hugely talented' 20-year-old Chelsea prospect, deal will be permanent

Feyenoord are reportedly close to securing a deal to sign exciting Chelsea prospect Ian Maatsen this summer.

According to 90min, the Dutch top-flight club are now closing in on landing the 20-year-old defender on a permanent basis.

The report explains Coventry have been in the mix to re-sign him on loan, while Ajax have made an enquiry as well.

However, it is understood that Eredivisie side Feyenood will win the race for a youngster that was previously in their academy set-up.

Maatsen’s reputation has continued to grow after a successful season-long loan with Championship outfit Coventry last season, which appears to have earned him a move abroad.

Incidentally, Feyenoord are a fairly big establishment that finished runners-up in last season’s inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League.

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Feyenoord to sign Maatsen

Maatsen played his one first-team game for Chelsea back in 2019, which looks like it’ll be his last.

The quick left wing-back has been on the club’s books for four years, but a large chunk of his development has been done out on loan with Coventry and Charlton Athletic.

His problem at Stamford Bridge is the path into Blues starting XI in his position is blocked by England star Ben Chilwell.

Maatsen, previously described as “hugely talented” by Coventry goalkeeper Simon Moore, could now get the chance at Feyenoord to find a permanent home. The Holland Under-21 international would be returning to his homeland, too.

He’s one of numerous Chelsea players that really caught the eye during a loan last year, but how many are actually going to be integrated into Thomas Tuchel’s squad?

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