CHELSEA are reportedly in talks with Borussia Dortmund over a loan move for Ian Maatsen.
That’s despite the Blues facing a potential defensive crisis this summer.
The Dutch left-back, 20, has just been crowned Coventry City’s Player of the Season.
Maatsen starred in 42 appearances for the Championship side.
But he is unlikely to command a place in Thomas Tuchel squad next term.
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The Germans have already signed Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule and Freiburg’s Nico Schlotterbeck to bolster their backline.
And transfer guru Sebastian Kehl believes Maatsen is the next starlet from an English academy who can make it big in the Bundesliga.
Chelsea fans had been hoping to incorporate more of their youth talent next term.
Several defenders are set to leave Stamford Bridge, including fellow left-back Marcos Alonso, opening up spots for the likes of Maatsen.
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But he is instead set to continue his development abroad, with Chelsea reportedly in talks with Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.
Boyhood club Feyenoord are also looking at re-signing Maatsen this summer.
And the wing-back has a big decision to make following his fine spell at Coventry.
Thanking the club and their fans, Maatsen wrote on social media: “I want to thank everyone at Coventry, the players, staff and fans have made me feel great and helped me develop as a player.
“I am very grateful and appreciate every minute being here. Thank you.”