Chelsea full-back Ian Maatsen is to sign a new deal with the club, and then he will be allowed to go on loan in January.
The 21 year old has grown increasingly frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities at Stamford Bridge, and has hinted he is prepared to make a difficult decision if his circumstances do not improve.
Despite that, Chelsea continue to believe he may have a bright future at the club, and are keen to protect the long-term value of an asset whose current contract expires in 2025.
And now it seems a compromise deal has been struck, whereby he will sign a long-term contract, but will be free to go somewhere he can play regular football in the second-half of the season.
He has previously enjoyed loan spells with Charlton, Coventry and most recently Burnley, who wanted to sign the Dutch under-21 international on a permanent basis in the summer.
And there have also been suggestions that Manchester City might want to acquire his services.
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