Reading have opened talks with Chelsea over a move for defender Ian Maatsen,
Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The 18-year-old is very highly rated by the Blues and signed a new long-term contract at Stamford Bridge in March, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024.
The versatile defender is primarily a left-back but can also play as a centre-half if required.
Reading last week appointed Veljko Paunovic as their new manager and the Serbian’s arrival sparked Mark Bowen’s departure from the club
Finances at the Madjeski Stadium will see the Championship side look primarily at the loan market this summer.
The Royals have bolster their ranks with the signings of Ovie Ejaria from Liverpool and Josh Laurent from Shrewsbury Town.
Football Insider revealed last week that the Premier League champions sanctioned the sale of Ejaria after a fee between £2-3million was agreed.
Paunovic will want to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2020/21 campaign with a number of first-team players having left the club upon the expiration of their contracts.
First team opportunities will be limited for Maatsen at Stamford Bridge next season with the club having splashed out on the signing of England left-back Ben Chilwell.
In other Chelsea news,
Noel Whelan amazed as ‘Different class’ midfielder agrees reported exit.
By: Wayne Veysey Title: Chelsea news: Reading open talks to sign rising star Sourced From: www.footballinsider247.com/exclusive-reading-open-talks-to-sign-chelsea-rising-star/ Published Date: Thu, 03 Sep 2020 10:45:37 +0000
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