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Ian Maatsen is on Bayern Munich’s shortlist ahead of the summer transfer window (Getty)

Bayern Munich have held initial talks over a deal for Chelsea left-back Ian Maatsen, according to reports in Germany.

Maatsen impressed during Chelsea’s pre-season campaign last summer and was expected to be handed a regular role under Mauricio Pochettino.

However, the 22-year-old started just three games for Chelsea before he was allowed to join Borussia Dortmund in the January transfer window.

Maatsen has been one of Dortmund’s standout performers since his move to the Bundesliga and the club are keen to make the move permanent in the summer.

However, Sky Germany report that Bayern are seeking a possible replacement for Alphonso Davies, who is wanted by Real Madrid, and Maatsen is on their shortlist.

The report claims that Bayern have made an initial enquiry about Maatsen’s situation and will monitor his performances for the remainder of the season.

Jordan Teze of PSV Eindhoven, Ian Maatsen of Borussia Dortmund, Johan Bakayoko of PSV Eindhoven during the UEFA Champions League last 16 match between Borussia Dortmund and PSV Eindhoven at Signal Iduna Park

Ian Maatsen has impressed on loan at Borussia Dortmund (ANP via Getty)

Dortmund were unable to agree a purchase option as part of their loan agreement with Chelsea in January.

And that means Bayern could take advantage of the £35 million release clause in the new contract Maatsen signed with Chelsea at the start of the year.

Speaking about his decision to leave Chelsea, Maatsen said in an interview with NOS last week: ‘I wanted to make a good move to get more minutes, and that has worked out well.

‘Sometimes I don’t really dwell on the moment, but you could say it’s going like an express train at the moment.’

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