Villa Signs Chelsea Fullback Ian Maatsen for Record Fee

Aston Villa has secured Chelsea fullback Ian Maatsen for a fee exceeding his £35 million release clause. The 22-year-old will join Villa on a six-year contract, bolstering their squad for the upcoming Champions League season. Maatsen, a key player in Borussia Dortmund's recent Champions League run, is a significant loss for Chelsea. Learn more about this exciting transfer and its implications.

Jun 20, 2024 - 09:19
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Villa Signs Chelsea Fullback Ian Maatsen for Record Fee
Villa Signs Chelsea Fullback Ian Maatsen for Record Fee

Before Chelsea fullback Ian Maatsen became a key player in Borussia Dortmund's impressive Champions League run this season, the German club was striving to negotiate a lower fee than his £35 million release clause. However, they weren't the only club vying for Maatsen, and it turns out that another club was ready to meet Chelsea's demands.

According to The Athletic and multiple sources, Aston Villa has reached an agreement with Chelsea for the transfer of left-back Ian Maatsen. The deal, which exceeds the expired £35 million release clause, will see the 22-year-old join Villa on a six-year contract, with personal terms already agreed upon.

Villa's manager, Unai Emery, is a strong admirer of Maatsen and aims to fortify his squad as they prepare for their inaugural Champions League campaign next season. Originally, Maatsen's contract with Chelsea was set to expire in June 2025, but it was extended by 12 months in January. Following this extension, Chelsea loaned Maatsen to Dortmund, where he swiftly became a pivotal figure in their Champions League journey.

Despite limited playtime for Chelsea during the first half of last season, Maatsen thrived at Dortmund. He started all seven play-off matches in the Champions League and 15 out of 18 Bundesliga games in the latter half of the season. Currently, Maatsen is representing the Netherlands at the European Championship.

This transfer might also hint at Chelsea's interest in Aston Villa striker Jhon Durán, suggesting potential future negotiations between the clubs. Nevertheless, Maatsen's departure is a significant loss for the Blues, and his talent will undoubtedly be missed in the coming seasons.

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