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Aston Villa near £37.5m deal for Chelsea star

Aston Villa are cruising ahead of Borussia Dortmund for Ian Maatsen’s signature

Aston Villa and Chelsea have reportedly agreed on a transfer fee for Dutch left-back Ian Maatsen, according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth. The deal, which is said to be worth £37.5m with additional add-ons included in the package, brings the player one step closer to moving from Stamford Bridge to Villa Park.

The player and Aston Villa are currently discussing personal terms, with these talks being described as positive. This suggests that a transfer for Maatsen is imminent.

Ian Maatsen has been pursued by Unai Emery's side throughout the early stages of the transfer window. After his successful loan spell with beaten Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund last season, Chelsea have been keen on cashing in on him while his stocks are high.

A needed reinforcement at the left-back position

Aston Villa has been leading the race for Maatsen's signature since the beginning of this year’s transfer window. The club is looking to strengthen its left-back position which currently features Alex Moreno as first choice and Lucas Digne as backup.

Aston Villa manager sees an upgrade in Maatsen who could potentially replace Digne in providing more depth and quality at left-back position.

Preparation for Champions League campaign

As Aston Villa prepares for their first Champions League campaign in 41 years - having never competed since its rebranding in 1992 - reinforcements across their squad are deemed necessary by coach Unai Emery.

Maatsen’s potential arrival comes at an opportune time given his recent underdog run with Dortmund to Champions League final. His experience will undoubtedly prove valuable as Aston Villa embarks on this new journey after four decades of absence from Europe's premier football competition.

If all goes well with ongoing negotiations, Aston Villa fans can expect to see Maatsen donning the claret and blue jersey in the near future. His addition to the squad will not only bolster their defense but also add a layer of Champions League experience that could be crucial in their upcoming campaign.

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