Barcelona eyeing €20 million-rated Chelsea starlet on a free transfer

Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images

The upcoming summer transfer window will be a major event for FC Barcelona. Having to go through a season where they have already faced several injuries already, Barcelona will have to make adequate decisions in order to reinforce their team properly in the summer.

However, their economic restrictions continue to be a massive problem. Unlikely to have access to blockbuster signings, they will need to be smart with their business. Among their many objectives, the recruitment of a new left-back is among the priorities.

Lack of alternatives

As it currently stands, the quality in their fullback depth is concerning. Alejandro Balde remains undisputed as a starter, but no replacement apart from him is reassuring. While it is true that Joao Cancelo is capable of playing there, he is engaged in another position for now.

Moreover, Cancelo’s time at FC Barcelona is not exactly guaranteed either. Only available for a year on a loan deal, he will return to Manchester City in the summer. Unless Barcelona manages to permanently sign him, they can not exactly count on his continuity.

A young bet for Barcelona

For this reason, as reported by Spanish outlet SPORT, Barcelona have an alternative in mind. Ian Maatsen, 21-year-old, is a Chelsea left-back that La Blaugrana is keeping an eye on. Having joined the London-based club in 2019, he has not exactly managed to cement himself there as a regular.

With three loan moves to Charlton Athletic, Coventry, and Burnley already under his belt, he is struggling with Chelsea. Currently, a renewal is being discussed despite the lack of his participation.

Intent on leaving

However, SPORT believes that he will definitely look for a way out instead. With his contract expiring in the summer of 2024, he would be available as a free agent. Currently valued at €20 million, a free-of-cost signing at his valuation would be great for Barcelona.

The Dutch fullback is also capable of playing as a winger. His technical abilities and offensive characteristics are what have attracted Barcelona in the first place according to SPORT. While there are other positions being considered as well, Barcelona considers Ian a great ‘bargain’ should the opportunity present itself.

The Latest

Ex-defender can help Barcelona to retain Atletico Madrid loanee

The weak financial conditions of FC Barcelona mean the Catalans will have to generate a significant amount of income before being able to make...

Barcelona captain responds to teammate’s criticism following PSG match

The elimination of FC Barcelona from the UEFA Champions League after their defeat against Paris Saint Germain has led to a lot of tension...

La Liga side interested in 18-year-old Barcelona forward

Although Lamine Yamal and Pau Cubarsi have taken most of the spotlight, there have been several youngsters who made a leap during this season...

Barcelona open talks for homegrown pivot’s renewal – Romano

With their season almost over, FC Barcelona are already focusing their attention on work beyond the pitch, as they start planning for the upcoming...

Post-match chaos: Barcelona and PSG players clash in tunnel

The match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg was a highly tense affair. The history...

Clarification: Spain star’s father meets with Barcelona Director, but for Senegalese prodigy

Although he has not yet made his first-team debut under Xavi, the FC Barcelona youngster Mikail Faye has been playing at a very impressively...

Brazilian Real Madrid star a doubt for the match against Barcelona

The UEFA Champions League quarter-final round could not have been more painful for FC Barcelona. The Catalans were not only eliminated from the competition...

Barcelona director meets with €50m-rated Bundesliga star’s entourage

The aftermath of their Champions League exit could end up being a massive catalyst for FC Barcelona. Changes in the locker room could be...

Barcelona defender responds to Gundogan’s criticism following PSG defeat

FC Barcelona were unable to get a victory in one of the most significant matches for them this season, as the Catalans fell to...