Borussia Dortmund are eyeing a move for Chelsea youngster Ian Maatsen as they look to improve their defence this summer.
That’s according to BILD, who say new Dortmund chief Sebastien Kehl is eyeing the full-back as a low-cost option in his defensive rebuild.
The newspaper explains that Kehl has already started work on improving Dortmund’s backline, securing deals for Niklas Süle and Nico Schlotterbeck, and so now the full-back positions are being looked at.
One target who they are ‘intensively considering’ is Chelsea’s Maatsen, who has spent this season on loan with Coventry City.
He’s yet to be handed his chance at Chelsea by Thomas Tuchel, who ‘does not yet trust him’ and plans to loan him out again.
That would make him a ‘cost-effective transitional option’ for Dortmund, unlike Gladbach’s Ramy Bensebaini, who they’d need to spend relatively big on to secure.
At the moment, there does not appear to have been contact between the German side and Chelsea, but the defender is very much on the club’s list of options.
A move to the Bundesliga, even if temporarily, would be a big step up for the 20-year-old and a major gamble for Dortmund, given the player has spent the last two years playing in League One and the Championship.
They consider him as a player with ‘great potential’, though, and that, coupled with him being low-cost, could be enough to tempt them into a move.