Hammer chase Chelsea left back


Hammer chase Chelsea left back Ian Maatsen

Recent reports from TEAMtalk suggest that West Ham United and Manchester City are emerging as the frontrunners in the race to sign talented left-back Ian Maatsen from Chelsea. The attack-minded 21-year-old has captured the attention of several clubs, and was on the cusp of leaving West London during the Summer window.

West Ham were heavily linked with the player in July, following his successful loan spell at Burnley. With Aaron Cresswell’s Hammers future in doubt, the pursuit of Maatsen makes sense.

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Hammer chase Chelsea left back Ian Maatsen (pictured playing for Burnley)

Maatsen is highly regarded within the Chelsea. However, regular opportunities have been hard to come by, especially as established stars return to fitness. With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the Dutchman is keen on securing a path to the starting eleven, making a potential contract extension crucial for his future.

Although Maatsen has shown promise with Chelsea, his game time has been limited, mainly featuring in the Carabao Cup and making brief Premier League appearances off the bench. This situation has sparked interest from West Ham and Man City who are both on the lookout for full-backs.

Moreover, the long-standing interest from Barcelona adds another layer to the transfer saga. Maatsen’s potential availability is of interest to the Catalan club, who are watching his contractual situation closely.

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