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Napoli eyeing move for Sheffield United centre-back Anel Ahmedhodzic

In the ongoing quest to fortify their defensive lineup, Napoli are closely tracking the performance of Sheffield United‘s central defender, Anel Ahmedhodzic.

Ahmedhodzic has emerged as one of the primary contenders to occupy the coveted centre-back position at Napoli, a player the Partenopei have been observing diligently for an extended period.

The journey for Ahmedhodzic with Sheffield United began in the summer of 2022 when he secured a transfer from Malmö FF for a substantial sum of 4.5 million euros. His impactful contributions included 34 league matches that significantly contributed to Sheffield United’s triumphant promotion from the Championship in the previous season. In the current Premier League campaign, Ahmedhodzic has continued to make his mark with an additional 14 appearances, even finding the back of the net once.

Anel Ahmedhodzic
Anel Ahmedhodzic

Ahmedhodzic’s football journey is further embellished by his representation of Sweden at various youth levels. His ascendancy to the senior international stage occurred in January 2020 during a friendly match against Moldova. However, a pivotal decision reshaped his international allegiance in August 2020, as he opted to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the future. Since this crucial shift, Ahmedhodzic has proudly donned the national colors, featuring in 21 games and securing one goal for Bosnia.

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While Ahmedhodzic stands as a prime candidate for Napoli’s defensive overhaul, the club is also exploring alternative options. Among the reported contenders are Belgium international Arthur Theate from Rennes, introducing an international flavor to Napoli’s potential defensive recruits. Another noteworthy name on Napoli’s radar is Galatasaray’s Nelsson, adding diversity to the array of talents under consideration. Additionally, Oumar Solet from RB Salzburg is part of the defensive mix Napoli is contemplating.


The meticulous pursuit of defensive reinforcements by Napoli underscores the club’s commitment to maintaining a competitive edge. As the transfer window unfolds, the fate of Ahmedhodzic and the other prospective additions will significantly shape Napoli’s defensive strategy for the challenges that lie ahead.

In the intricate landscape of football transfers, Napoli’s strategic approach and thorough evaluation of defensive talents exemplify their determination to build a resilient and adaptable squad. The upcoming days will reveal how the defensive puzzle for Napoli unfolds and whether Ahmedhodzic becomes a cornerstone in their pursuit of defensive excellence.

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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.

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