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£40m Duran bid, Guehi offer, Hernandez statement - Chelsea next transfer after Ian Maatsen sale

AC Milan defender Theo Hernandez
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Part of Chelsea's insistence that they did not need to sell players en masse before the June 30 deadline for accounting deals in the 2023/24 financial period was due to Ian Maatsen's release clause. The club added it into the new deal they handed him in January and all-but-guaranteed a minimum of £35million on the books.

The deal agreed with Aston Villa to take him away from Stamford Bridge is thought to be under £40million but may well rise to be above the initial clause. As with the sales of other academy prospects, it is deemed to be 'pure profit.'

The price Villa pay will be over £5million more than Chelsea would have got for Maatsen on deadline day last summer when they accepted an offer from Burnley for the left-back. On that occasion it was Maatsen himself that turned down the move, instead opting to fight for a place.

Six months later and in some ways that could have looked costly for Chelsea as he failed to make an impact and prepared for a loan. £30million at that stage, for a player that had only made 12 Premier League appearances (one start) looked like solid money. Now another half of a season on and it looks minimal.

Maatsen is a Champions League final starting left-back. He is (admittedly by virtue of injuries) now playing at a major international tournament as a senior. He is being sought after by clubs that are arguably better placed than Chelsea to finish high up the Premier League table next season. Both Dortmund and Villa have top-level European football to offer him already.

Chelsea will, therefore, bank the Maatsen money and move on. They have transfers elsewhere to look at. Samu Omodorion, Jhon Duran, and Michael Olise top the list currently. A new left-back (almost ironically) is being looked at. There is still attention being given to a new goalkeeper.

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Maatsen won't directly fund this, not only is he likely to bring in less than any of these arrivals will cost, but he will also be making up the finances in a sense, for all the transfers done in the last two years under Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital. But selling Maatsen will allow Chelsea still to do the work they want to.

Here, football.london takes a look at the next possible transfer for the Blues after Maatsen is wrapped up and on his way.

Tom Coley

Selling Maatsen just to buy a new left-back feels ridiculously Chelsea, and not in a good way. The club will do very well to find someone of his ability for the same price and even if right now it doesn't look like a bad fee, Maatsen will surely be worth much more than just £35million (ish) in 12 or so months.

But that's beside the point now. Chelsea have positions to strengthen and it wouldn't be a surprise to see things ramp up with Duran once more. football.london understands that a stalemate was reached, hence the talks with Atletico Madrid over Samu Omodorion, but this also feels like smoke and mirrors.

Chelsea clearly like Duran and know Villa are pretty desperate to sell. Now they are making them pay for Maatsen it only makes sense that some of that is reinvested.

If they are to go for a left-back replacement then Riccardo Calafiori would be a great addition. Theo Hernandez is even better, though, and would be a real statement of intent from the club.

Jack Flintham

With Maatsen now likely to be out the door in the summer, the sensible move now will be to keep the door open with Villa and look to target Jhon Duran. The Colombian striker may seem like a rogue purchase but from what we have seen of him, he fits the formula that Chelsea want to implement.

At 20-years-old he has plenty of room to expand and he would add depth to the strikeforce which is needed desperately. The Blues already have comfortable full-back options at the club so using the money for a direct replacement would be counter-productive.

Alternatively, some of the money could be used to target Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi. The Chelsea central defence is still not fully set for the upcoming season and it is widely agreed that the Blues allowing him to go and not including a buyback clause was an unwise decision.

Guehi would be a sensible purchase in the summer but the Blues need to be prepared that just £35m will not be enough to bring him in.

Lee Wilmot

There should only really be one player Chelsea look to to complete their next signing once Ian Maatsen leaves - Michael Olise.

There has been plenty of talk and the Blues should get a deal over the line for the talented Crystal Palace man. You can argue that Chelsea have a plethora of attacking talent at their disposal, with Enzo Maresca tasked with getting the best out of them.

But having finished sixth in the Premier League last season, and goalscoring being a key problem for Mauricio Pochettino and the managers that came before him, Olise will only improve that aspect for the Blues.

Olise would be an incredible signing and a statement signing too. It is more likely that will get done before any players at Euro 2024 like Conor Gallagher.

Isaac Johnson

Personally, I think Chelsea would be best shoring up their defence and perhaps directing funds towards Marc Guehi. Although initially raw, a partnership with Tosin Adarabioyo would be long-lasting and could potentially grow into one of the best in the league.

Arsenal have two solid centre-backs who were pivotal to their title chase last season and, while Chelsea are some way off a challenge for the crown, it shows consistency at the back is vital. As seen at the Euros, Guehi is a reliable choice and possesses traits that Enzo Maresca would love.

The Blues conceded 68 goals in the league last season - the worst return in the top eight and second-most in the top half of the table. Chelsea have shown they have enough nous in attack that can be developed, it’s more about ensuring the back door isn’t so easily pushed ajar.

Jake Stokes

Chelsea must go and sign a world-class left-back. While the Blues have recently been linked with the likes of Jhon Duran and Samu Omorodion this summer, I don't believe that a new striker is absolutely necessary.

Yes, a new frontman might be nice on paper, but Nicolas Jackson more than deserves a place in Enzo Maresca's side next season. Of course, the 23-year-old needs to improve his finishing. But 14 goals in his debut Premier League campaign is good – not to mention that his general link-up play was excellent.

A striker shouldn't be the west Londoners' priority. It should be a world-class left-back, like Theo Hernandez. Had Chelsea held onto Lewis Hall or Ian Maatsen then it'd be a different story, but I fear that Ben Chilwell hasn't got what it takes to play at the very highest level in a back-four.