By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Multiple sources: Dortmund miss out as Maatsen prepares for Villa move

In what shall prove a major setback for German Champions' League representatives Borussia Dortmund, multiple sources are now reporting that "die Schwarzgelben" are set to miss out on their chance to acquire Dutch left-back Ian Maatsen permanently. 

Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano presently confirms a report initially surfacing in online sports journal "the Athletic" yesterday regarding the future of Dutch left-back Ian Maatsen. The Athletic reported that Dortmund allowed the deadline to pull the 22-year-old's reported €40.6 million release clause to lapse, instead tendering a lowball offer to the Dutchman's parent club of Chelsea FC.

Both the journal and Romano now report that Aston Villa have approached Chelsea with a transfer offer more in line with the release clause. Maatsen will apparently move to Birmingham and sign a new deal valid through 2030. Maatsen shall depart German football after impressing significantly as one of the best performers of the 2023/24 "Rück-runde". 

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