Transfer round-up: All completed deals of the summer window so far
The sixth edition of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) remains a fair distance off, allowing the players some downtime away from football. The same, however, cannot be said about their clubs, who’ve been busy analysing and assessing their squads to try and figure out if they would do better with an available alternative in the summer window.
Kerala Blasters and ATK have made the most of that, bringing in superstars from around the globe. The rest of the clubs haven’t exactly hung back either, making for an exciting squad already. Here we summarize all the confirmed and completed deals from each of the Hero ISL clubs.
IN: The two-time champions have been one of the busiest in the window so far, roping in top talent at both ends of the field. A-League duo Roy Krishna and David Williams are the star additions, both capable enough of finding the back of the net at regular intervals. Former Jamshedpur FC winger, Michael Soosairaj and his brother and former Chennai City FC starter, Michael Regin were added at the start, quickly followed by the transfer of Irishman, Carl McHugh from Motherwell FC. Indian football stalwart, Anas Edathodika also arrived from the Blasters, strengthening the defensive options.
OUT: Eugeneson Lyngdoh’s departure remains the only confirmed outgoing from within the ATK squad.
IN: The reigning champions have not yet made a signing this summer.
OUT: They do have departures, however, with striker Miku and winger Xisco Hernandez both moving on.
IN: The Marina Machans have been subdued in the summer window so far, thanks to the talent already at their disposal. Former Chennai City midfielder Edwin Vanspaul joined the club on a two-year deal, followed by the addition of Lithuanian international, Nerijus Valskis. The forward comes with a lot of versatility having played at the highest level.
OUT: The departures include young winger, Isaac Vanmalsawma, who joined up with Jamshedpur on a two-year deal. Stylish midfielder and fan favourite, Gregory Nelson also departed Chennaiyin following two eventful years with the club.
Delhi Dynamos FC
IN: Josep Gombau’s men have shown a real willingness to compete with the best, assembling a squad that already looks quite strong. The 22-year-old midfielder, Jerry Mawhmingthanga was the first to join the Lions setup ahead of the coming season. Senegalese international and former Barcelona B player, Diawandou Diagne arrived close to a month ago, joining up with Argentine midfielder, Martin Guedes, who had already moved base to the capital. Spaniard’s Carlos Delgado and former Bengaluru FC winger, Xisco Hernandez joined up later, with youngsters Gaurav Bora and Ankit Bhuyan, following suit.
OUT: The loss of centre-back Gianni Zuiverloon to Kerala Blasters was the only big-name departure from Gombau’s squad.
IN: The Gaurs had reached the final of the Hero ISL 2018-19 season and won the 2019 Hero Super Cup, which meant there wasn’t much that Sergio Lobera could complain about regarding his squad. Midfielder Ahmed Jahouh, striker Ferran Corominas, winger Brandon Fernandes and defender Seriton Fernandes were all handed new deals, with Seiminlen Doungel arriving on a free transfer from Kerala. Carlos Pena has also extended his contract at the club.
FC Pune City
IN: Phil Brown’s men haven’t had the rub of the green in the summer window so far, with multiple players leaving their squad and no replacements signed as yet.
IN: The Jharkhand-based club have been building themselves a formidable squad this window, bringing in talent and experience whilst letting go of players seeking new adventures. The club signed defenders Keegan Pereira and Joyner Lourenco in a matter of days in April, following which they brought in Spanish midfielders, Francisco Medina Luna and Noe Acosta. 16-year-old Niraj Kumar’s transfer was followed by the addition of teenage defenders, Narender Gahlot and Jitendra Singh.
OUT: Among those departing the JRD Tata Sports Complex this window include Jerry Mawhmingthanga, Michael Soosairaj, midfielder Mario Arques and striker Sergio Cidoncha.
Kerala Blasters FC
IN: Eelco Schattorie and Co. have been by far the most active in the summer window. The club followed up Sahal Abdul Samad’s long term extension by grabbing Arques from Jamshedpur. Bartholomew Ogbeche followed in the footsteps of Schattorie and made the move to Kerala at the start of June, with Cidoncha joining up some days later. Rahul KP, Zuiverloon, Shibin Raj, Bilal Khan and Mouhamadou Moustapha Gning are the latest players to join the south-coast club.
OUT: To balance the books, Anas and Doungel were allowed to leave the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Mumbai City FC
IN: The Islanders have completed a fair few deals themselves this window, beginning with the addition of India international and NorthEast United star, Rowllin Borges. The midfielder arrived in early June and looked like he had opened the floodgates for the club, who then kept bringing in stars like Sourav Das, Hmingthanmawia, Surchandra Singh, Mato Grgic, Golui and Diego Carlos. Additionally, Modou Sougou and Paulo Machado have signed new deals.
OUT: The departure of Joyner Lourenco was the only outgoing from Mumbai’s squad.
NorthEast United FC
IN: Like the Stallions, the Guwahati-based club haven’t been able to flex their muscles this window. The club has signed no players so far, while a host of them have already moved on elsewhere.
OUT: Keegan Pereira, Rowllin Borges, Bartholomew Ogbeche and Mato Grgic have all pursued other endeavours.
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