Nottingham Forest academy graduate Anel Ahmedhodzic, now at Malmo, is apparently in advanced talks with Serie A outfit Atalanta, as per Fabrizio Romano.

The 21-year-old was signed by Forest in 2016 at an age young enough for him to progress through the Reds’ academy.

Ahmedhodzic went on to make his one and only appearance for the first team just a few months later – a substitute run against Newcastle United in a 3-1 defeat – aged just 17.

However, he then was sold back to Malmo for an undisclosed fee in 2019 and Forest fans will be wondering ‘what if’, as his career has gone to a level perhaps way beyond what they expected from him.

Anel Ahmedhodzic
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Ahmedhodzic has now gone on to represent both Sweden and Bosnia at international level, opting permanently for the latter, while he is now seen as one of Europe’s most exciting young centre backs.

In fact, his ability and potential has caught many admiring eyes from the Premier League, with Romano claiming Chelsea and Manchester United both hold a strong interest in the player and have scouted him extensively.

French website Jeunes Footeux claimed last month that United were debating lodging a €13m bid for his services.

Anel Ahmedhodzic
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Naturally, Forest fans will ponder what might have been as they could’ve seen an academy centre back pairing of Ahmedhodzic and Joe Worrall.

Perhaps harshly as well, they will be ruing that they have let a £10m+ asset leave for what is certain to be nowhere near that.

It remains to be seen whether there is a sell-on clause in Ahmedhodzic’s contract, but Forest supporters will very much be hoping there is as they watch from afar as an academy graduate aims for the top.

Have Nottingham Forest made a mistake in letting Anel Ahmedhodzic leave?

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