Man Utd and Chelsea scouting Malmo centre-back Anel Ahmedhodzic but face transfer battle to land him ahead of Atalanta

MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea are reportedly considering a move for highly-rated defender Anel Ahmedhodzic.

But the Premier League giants face a transfer battle with Atalanta in pole position to sign him.

United and Chelsea have both been keeping tabs on the 21-year-old centre-back.

The Bosnia defender has been earning rave reviews for Malmo with a host of European clubs lining up a move for him.

But Italian side Atalanta are reportedly in the driving seat to land the hot prospect.

The defender had a brief spell in England at Nottingham Forest but his form for Malmo has attracted the interest of some of Europe's biggest clubs.

Ahmedhodzic told Gianlucadimarzio.com: “My move to Atalanta is not yet official.

“There are two clubs in Italy that have looked for me, but with the Nerazzurri the negotiations are now in an advanced stage.

“Many clubs followed me and wanted me already in January.

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“Milan asked for information about me, as a child I looked at Maldini who is one of the idols that inspire me.

“Atalanta is the ideal place for a young player who wants to grow, I can't wait to test myself.”

The Red Devils and Chelsea could still swoop for the defender but will need to make a lucrative offer with Ahmedhodzic closing in on a deal with Atalanta.

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