Although the league has been suspended for six weeks, clubs have been making moves in the market.

Despite the surge in COVID-19 related issues across the football world, the I-League has not seen any shortage in transfer activity in the January transfer window. The league has however been suspended by the AIFF for six weeks, after a breach in the bio-bubble. However, with only a little over a week left till Deadline Day, quite a few clubs have made their moves. Gokulam Kerala have dominated proceedings, but other teams have also been in the market. 

The current break leaves plenty of time to assess and improve squad strength and some clubs have looked to reinforce the same.  Needless to say, it is quite troublesome to keep a record of all transfers. But, we have got you covered with this list of all transfers completed in the I-League in the January transfer window,2022:

RoundGlass Punjab

After the initial round, RoundGlass Punjab sit atop the league table on goal-difference. Despite getting two veterans in Robin Singh and C.K. Vineeth sent off, their clean-sheet shows they mean business. However, the Punjab-based outfit have been dormant in the winter window so far. Apart from the departure of experienced midfielder Bikramjit Singh, the club has not seen any transfer activity. 

Arrivals – NA

Departure – Bikramjit Singh

NEROCA FC

Second-placed NEROCA FC are following in the footsteps of the league leaders, as they have also had minimal involvement in the transfer window. Young midfielder Lungunhao Sitlhou left the club for FC Kuki Mizoram on a free transfer. The Manipur side have announced the signing of Peter Seiminthang Haokip from Southern Samity. That has been the I-League club’s only addition so far in this January transfer window.

Arrivals – Peter Seiminthang Haokip

Departure – Lungunhao Sitlhou

Gokulam Kerala

Defending champions Gokulam Kerala have bolstered their squad with signings all over the pitch. Slovenian centre-forward Luka Majcen left FC Bengaluru United for the I-League 2021 champions. Former Chennaiyin FC midfielder Sinivasan Pandiyan also joined, while Kerala Blasters duo Abdul Hakku and Srekuttan VS were loaned to the Malabarians. Gokulam have also not let-go of any players.

Arrivals – Luka Majcen, Sinivasan Padniyan, Abdul Hakku (loan), Sreekuttan V.S. (loan), Subash Singh

Departure – NA

TRAU FC

Imphal-based side TRAU FC have published a statement of intent with their lone foreign signing in this window. St.Kitts and Nevis defensive midfielder Gerard Williams joined the squad on a free transfer. Apart from this arrival, TRAU have not had any outgoing transfers.

Arrivals – Gerard Williams

Departure – NA

Aizawl FC

Northeast India’s first-ever title winners made up some ground with two signings in this window. After their 2-3 loss in the opening round of the league, Aizawl FC roped in Jones Lalthakima from Odisha FC. The young defender is joined by Odisha compatriot Samuel Lalmuanpuia, as they have been loaned out by the ISL side.

Arrivals- Jones Lalthakima (loan), Samuel Lalmuanpuia (loan)

Departure – NA

Sreenidi Deccan

Vizag-based side Sreenidi Deccan’s only activity in the January transfer window saw them secure the services of centre-back Hamza Kheir. The Lebanese defender formerly plied his trade with Churchill Brothers before leaving for Lebanese Premier league outfit Al-Ahed. His experience in the I-League is sure to come in handy, as he will look to revitalize the squad’s defensive capabilities.

Arrivals – Hamza Kheir

Departure – NA

Churchill Brothers 

Two-time league winners Churchill Brothers had another Lebanese centre-back on their transfer list. Shadi Skaf left the Goa-based club on an undisclosed fee as their lone departure, while they are yet to announce any signings.

Arrivals – Komron Tursunov

Departure – Shadi Skaf

Rajasthan United

Losing talismanic attacker Marcelinho to NorthEast United on a loan seems to be a big loss for the Rajasthan-based side. As a result of the indefinite halt to the I-League, the iconic Brazilian winger has made a move to the Highlanders, seeking more game-time. Young centre-forward Aman Chetri also left the club for Oil India FC. Rajasthan United have not made any further additions to their squad.

Arrivals – Mauro Dos Santos, Pedro Manzi, Sardor Jakhonov, Aman Thapa, Biswa Darjee, Flan Gomes, Ricky Shabong

Departure – Marcelinho (loan), Aman Chetri (loan), Komron Tursunov, Fabiano Alves, Diego Bielkiewicz

Real Kashmir 

The Kashmiri side made a late move in the transfer market, as they signed centre-back Masih Saighani from Turk Gucu Friedberg. The Afghanistan international arrived on a free transfer and looks set to ramp up Real Kashmir’s defensive strength with his experience. Kashmir sit third in the league table after a 3-2 win in the initial round and will rely on Saighani to plug their leaky defence.

Arrivals – Masih Saighani

Departure – NA

Sudeva Delhi

Sudeva Delhi have failed to secure any newcomers in the winter window this season. However, no departures will be somewhat of a relief for the 11th-placed side, looking to erase traces of their opening defeat. It will be interesting to see whether they make any further moves.

Arrivals – NA

Departure – NA

Kenkre FC

Kenkre FC are yet another club that seem to be lying in wait for the perfect opportunity in this transfer window. No incomings or outgoings have been reported for the only side remaining to play their opening match in the league, as they continue to assess their options.

Arrivals – NA

Departure – NA

Indian Arrows 

It is not really a surprise that the AIFF development side have not roped in any reinforcements for their current contingent. Indian Arrows have mostly functioned as the launch pad for young Indian players and the side have retained their philosophy. Additionally, no current players have been signed by any other clubs so far.

Arrivals – NA

Departure – NA

Mohammedan SC

Relying on the current batch of players is probably a premonition of a more confident approach from the Kolkata-based outfit. Mohammedan SC have kept tabs on the market, but are yet to either bring in recruits or let-go of any of their own players. Their opening win seems to have subdued any sense of urgency they might have had otherwise.

Arrivals – NA

Departure – NA

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