The transfer window is already heating up, with clubs keen on recruiting players for the upcoming season.
The I-League has always been a mine in finding top football talents across India. Players who excel in the league are roped in by ISL Clubs every year, with Jitheswor Singh, Muhammed Uvais and Bryce Miranda being few examples this summer.
If the players prove the same in ISL, there is a high chance of being called up for the national team. Akash Mishra, Jeakson Singh and Suresh Singh are some key examples.
The 16th edition of I-League is planned to kick-off in October and will extend up to April 2023. According to multiple reports, the upcoming I-League 2022-23 season’s champions will be promoted to ISL next season. Hence, there is no doubt that the competition will be fierce and promises to be a treat for Indian football fans.
Currently, there are 12 teams in the I-League following the relegation of Kenkre FC last season. One more team will make it to the second division from the I-league qualifiers. Here is the one-stop article to know about all the transfer moves in I-League 2022-23 so far.
Also Read: All transfer deals completed so far ahead of Indian Super League 2022-23 season
Gokulam Kerala FC
The two-time defending I-League champions Gokulam Kerala are undergoing a revamp following the departure of head coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese. Several top players have also followed the Italian out of the club. Hence, the club have been making new recruitments apart from also promoting players from the reserve team. Gokulam Kerala have also appointed Cameroon national Towa Richard as their new head coach.
Arrivals: Arjun Jayaraj, Tanmoy Ghosh, Akhil Praveen, Bibin Ajayan, Sukuram Sardar, Auguste Jr Boum Somlaga, Dilip Oraon, Rahul Raju (loan), Juan Carlos Nellar, Everton Kaka
Departures: Alex Saji, Faslurahman, Muhammed Uvais, Emil Benny, Jithin MS,
The Black Panthers are one of the busiest I-League clubs in the transfer market this summer ahead of the I-League 2022-23 season. After agonizingly finishing second last season, following a loss to Gokulam in the final matchday, Mohammedan SC have shown intent with their new signings. The Black Panthers also handed a contract extension to head coach Andrey Chernishov. They have also extended the contract of I-League 2021-22’s top scorer Marcus Joseph.
Arrivals: Faslurahman, Samad Ali Mallick, Sairuatkima, Aman Thapa, Abhash Thapa, Sankar Roy, Rahul Paswan, Vanlalzuidika, Nuriddin Davronov, Ousmane N’Diaye, Pritam Singh, Abhishek Ambekar, Rafique Ali Sardar, Christy Davis, Dipu Halder, Kean Lewis, Abiola Dauda,
Departures: Faisal Ali, Nikola Stojanovic, Arijeet Singh, Manoj Mohammed, Lalramchullova, Asheer Akhtar, Seiminmang Manchong, Andelo Rudovic, Sujit Sadhu, Zothanmawia, Kabir T, Brandon Vanlalrmdika, Sushil Meitei, Lalramhmunmawia, Malsawmzuala,
Sreenidi Deccan FC
Sreenidi Deccan took the league by storm in their debut campaign in the I-League and finished as high as third, just five points behind second-placed Mohammedan SC. The Andhra-based club recorded nine wins again third highest – in their maiden I-League campaign. The club have recently parted ways with head coach Santiago Varela. They are yet to make any announcements on signings.
Departures: Samad Ali Mallick, Girik Khosla
Churchill Brothers FC
The Red Machines finished fourth in I-League 2021-22 after finishing with 32 points from 18 matches. Churchill Brothers have sold star winger Bryce Miranda and midfielder Saurav Mandal to Kerala Blasters. Like Sreenidi Deccan, they are yet to announce any new signings. They are two-time I-League champions and one of the most successful clubs in Indian football.
Departures: Bryce Miranda, Saurav Mandal
RoundGlass Punjab FC
Formerly known as Minerva Punjab FC, they are former one-time I-League champions, having clinched the I-League title in 2017-18. RoundGlass Punjab is another serious contention for the title and promotion. The club have been very successful in past years and will try to replicate the same though no transfer activities have been made by the club so far. The Warriors finished fifth in I-League 2021-22, after winning eight of their 18 matches.
Arrivals: Juan Mera
Departures: Kean Lewis, Lalthuammawia Ralte, Akash Sangwan,
The other debutants in I-League 2021-22 were Rajasthan United FC. RUFC surprised many with a sixth-place finish in the points table. Rajasthan United have been among the busier clubs in the transfer market ahead of I-League 2022-23 season. They have already announced the signing of seven players, while also retaining their core.
Arrival: Pintu Mahata, Fayazuddin Shah, Britto PM, Chanso Horam (loan), Shaiborlang Kharpan, Melroy Assisi (loan made permanent), Lal Remsanga, Yash Tripathi, Niraj Kumar, William Lalnunfela, Novin Gurung, Nuha Marong, Bektur Amangeldiev, Aidar M, Bawlte Rohmingthanga, Kojam Beyong,
Departures: Gurmukh Singh, Bhaskar Roy, Abhishek Ambedkar, Pritam Singh, Aman Thapa, Niraj Kumar
The Orange Brigades had a mediocre season as they finished last in the Championship stage. However, NEROCA FC have shown faith and have extended head coach Khogen Singh’s contract for one more year. The club made some new signings and have also made some interesting retentions.
Arrivals: Tondonba Naorem (loan), Abhisekh Saikia, Dhruvmil Pandya, Lunminlen Haokip, Nonganba Akoijam
Departures: Jiteshwor Singh
Aizawl FC topped the table in the relegation phase of I-League 2021-22 and finished eighth in the standings. They are yet to appoint a head coach, but have announced the signing Hmingthana Zadeng as the club’s new sporting director once again. Aizawl have also roped in F Lalrinmawia as their new team manager. Players Arrivals wise, they have been in the market and have already announced a number of signings for the I-League 2022-23 season.
Arrivals: H.K. Lalhruaitluanga, Jessy Vanlalmuana, Rohmingthanga, K. Lalrinfela, K. Lalronsanga, KC Larchhuakmawia, Emmanuel HS Zuala, MS Dawngliana
Departures: Ayush Chhetri,
The Imphal-based club finished ninth in the league last season. Goalscoring was a big issue, as they managed to score just 15 times in 17 games. Expect the club to deliver good signings this season to climb up the points table. They have been quiet so far in in the transfer window.
Arrivals: Md. Shahjahan,
Departures: Fayazuddin Shah, Amrit Gope,
AIFF’s developmental team, Indian Arrows were founded with the motive of nurturing youngsters so as expected there are no movements in the team so far. They have mostly functioned as a launch pad for young Indian players, developing and nurturing them for a better future. The AIFF have not announced any new additions to the young squad.
The Delhi-based outfit had another poor season as they finished in the 11th position in I-League 2021-22. They are yet to make an announcement on new signings or extensions. Sudeva Delhi just escapes relegation last season by five points and will need transfer reinforcements to better their record in the upcoming 2022-23 I-League season.
Arrivals: Daneil Cyrus
Departures: Sairuatkima, Vanlalzuidika,
Real Kashmir FC survived relegation on the final day of the relegation phase in I-League 2021-22. The Snow Leopards finished just two points ahead of the now relegated Kenkre FC. They will look to bounce back this season with their signings, but so far no signings have been recorded from the Kashmir-based club.
Arrivals: Girik Khosla, Surchandra Singh, Sanjiban Ghosh, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Davinder Singh
Departures: Abhash Thapa,
I-League 2022-23: Contract extensions
- Gokulam Kerala FC: Aminou Bouba (2024)
- Mohammedan SC: Gopi (2023), Marcus Joseph (2023), Azhar Mallick (2023), Ripon Rahaman (2023), Abishek Halder (2024), Wayne Vaz (2023), Lalramhmunmawia (2023), Milan Singh (2023), Faiaz (2024), Mithun (2023), Ridge DeMello (2024)
- Sreenidi Deccan FC: None
- Churchill Brothers FC: None
- RoundGlass Punjab FC: None
- Rajasthan United: Nikum Gyamar (2026), Vishal Joon (2025)
- NEROCA FC: Jonychand Singh (2023), Shubham Dhas (2023), Vicky Meitei (2023), Lallenmang Sitlhou (2023), Thokchom James (2023),
- Aizawl FC: K Lalhmangaihkima (2023), Jakob Vanlalhlimpuia (2023)
- TRAU FC: None
- Indian Arrows: None
- Sudeva Delhi: None
- Real Kashmir: None
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