Borussia Dortmund's move for Ian Maatsen hinges on the transfer's structure

According to reports, differences in the structure of the potential deal for Ian Maatsen are prolonging negotiations between Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund.

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According to reports from Sky Sport, Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea are still hard at work to find a solution surrounding the pending deal for Dutch left back Ian Maatsen. While the player himself has seemingly already given the green light, the structure of the deal still needs to be ironed out by both clubs.

According to these reports, Chelsea would like to add an "obligation to buy" into the deal, which would outright force Dortmund to purchase the player once the loan comes to an end. The figure that Chelsea are looking to include sits around 30 million euros.

Additional reports from Ruhr Nachrichten indicate that Dortmund would like to add an "option to buy" into the deal instead, which from Dortmund's perspective makes far more sense. It is also likely that the club's are not exactly on the same wavelength in terms of valuation either. While Maatsen is said to have a very interesting player profile that suits the club, his limited time on the pitch, coupled with his contract being up in 2025, doesn't really scream 30 million euros in terms of value.

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The ideal situation for Dortmund, as with the pending transfer of Jadon Sancho, would be for the clubs to reach an agreement closer to the player's valuation, namely 20 million euros in Maatsen's case, as the option to buy clause to be inserted into the deal. The move should also favor Maatsen who, unlike at Chelsea, would likely get signficant minutes at Dortmund to prove himself and show that he has what it takes to make an impact at the top level.