Chelsea blocked in £6.9m deal to sign Anel Ahmedhodzic

Chelsea have been blocked in their bid to sign Malmo centre-back Anel Ahmedhodzic, according to the player’s father.

Frank Lampard’s side have been keeping tabs on the 21-year-old’s performances in Sweden’s top flight, while AC Milan and PSV Eindhoven have also sent scouts to monitor his progress.

According to Ahmedhodzic’s father, Mirsad, Chelsea have indicated that they are willing to sign the defender in a £6.9 million deal.

However, Mirsad Ahmedhodzic has accused his son’s representative, Markus Rosenberg, of blocking Chelsea’s move and claims Italian agent, Fredrico Pastorello, has been in talks with several clubs across Europe.

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

‘He [Anel] wants to go abroad after the season finishes.

‘Markus hasn’t arranged this, he doesn’t have the contacts. I have tried to inform Markus that Pastorello wants to cooperate with him.’

Mirsad Ahmedhodzic also attacked Rosenberg in a post on Malmo’s official Facebook page and wrote that the agent ‘separates the child from the father and the mother for money’.

However, Anel Ahmedhodzic, who began his professional career at Nottingham Forest before he returned to Malmo in 2019, has criticised his father’s comments and claims his actions are damaging his reputation.

‘I can start by saying that I am very disappointed,’ Ahmedhodzic told Kvallsposten.

‘To write such things on social media and call other people idiots, not to support me.

‘I have always felt a love for him. But I have not felt any support, he has not supported me in the right way.

‘Especially not now when things are going so well for me.

‘I focus on my matches and my football, nothing else. I try to be as humble as I can, I try to do everything in a positive way, I try to be mature in my answers and my thoughts.

‘But as you can see. My dad’s not there. He writes various things, especially on Facebook.

‘This is not the first time he has done so. He was also involved when I played in Nottingham Forest, he wrote in some forums there and it has always affected me negatively. I have always received criticism for it.’

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