Manchester City plans to sign Chelsea's Ian Maatsen in the January transfer window

Ian Maatsen’s situation is being “closely monitored” by Manchester City, who are aware that negotiations for a new deal at Stamford Bridge have stalled

The 21-year-old returned to the Blues this summer with just one year remaining on his contract after an excellent loan season at Burnley last year. Maatsen played a significant role in the Clarets’ Championship championship and automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

In June, Burnley’s £15 million offer for the full-back was rejected. Later, the Lancashire club and Chelsea reached an agreement for Maatsen’s loan return with a commitment to purchase him for £31.5 million the following summer. However, Maatsen declined this offer, and now Chelsea wants to offer him a new, long-term contract. This season, Mauricio Pochettino has given the defender four starts while giving rival left-back Marc Cucurella just one start in the Carabao Cup.

However, it appears that contract discussions are proving to be considerably more challenging than previously anticipated. Maatsen’s contract is about to expire, and numerous European clubs, including Premier League and Champions League champions Man City, have expressed interest in signing him, according to a source quoted by Planet Sport.

Pep Guardiola has been looking for a new natural left-back for a while since he isn’t confident in Sergio Gomez’s ability. Football365 previously claimed that Man City were interested in signing Fulham left-back Antonee Robinson, but they were unable to reach an agreement with Fulham after the American international signed a new contract at Craven Cottage.

Although Nathan Ake has occasionally done an admirable job of filling the gap, it’s believed that Guardiola would want to see him play as a centre back. In light of this, the Cityzens may do well financially by hiring Maatsen. However, talks between Maatsen and Chelsea over a contract extension are scheduled to continue in the coming weeks, and individuals familiar with the situation are optimistic that a deal will be achieved soon.

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