Man Utd to gazump Atalanta with €13m bid for promising centre-back

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2021 1:39 - Matthew Briggs

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Manchester United are reportedly interested in Malmo centre-back Anel Ahmedhodzic.

The 21-year-old was interesting Chelsea late last year and could well have seen a move to Stamford Bridge blocked, according to the player’s father.

The Bosnia international’s displays in Sweden had alerted Chelsea, with Atalanta also understood to be keen.

However, according to Ahmedhodzic’s father Mirsad, Chelsea were more than interested and in fact want to sign the player. But Ahmedhodzic Senior accused his son’s representative, Markus Rosenberg, of blocking the deal.

“He’s [Rosenberg] not doing his job. He has told Marina [Granovskaia] at Chelsea that Anel is not going there,” Mirsad Ahmedhodzic told Sportbladet.

Ahmedhodzic Junior, who started his professional career at Nottingham Forest, though claimed his father was damaging his reputation.

“I can start by saying that I am very disappointed,” he said after learning of the comments of his father.

 

Ahmedhodzic then came close to a £4m move to Serie A with Atalanta in January, according to Sport Bladet.

However, the deal never materialised as the Italians “ran out of time”. That has now left the door ajar for Man Utd.

Sport Witness tentatively credit French website Jeunes Footeux as the source, but the figures are significantly different.


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Atalanta agreement

They claim Atalanta still have an €11m agreement in place to sign the player, who is out of contract in 2023.

The source also suggest United would put up €13m for the defender in a bid to steal from under the noses of Atalanta.

It’s claimed Solskjaer is keen on gazumping the Serie A side this summer as he looks to bolster his defence. United are understood to have a centre-back and a centre-forward at the top of their wanted list.

Whether or not Ahmedhodzic would be seen as the man to partner Harry Maguire remains to be seen. He only has one season under his belt in Superligaen and would face a significant step up.

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