The transfer window has already seen a flurry of interesting players being roped in by both ISL and I-League clubs.
It is that time of the year again when clubs from both the leagues in India have the opportunity to make amends to their team for the business end of the season. While some of the teams were forced to make changes and bring in new reinforcements, others simply decided to run through changes after disappointing results. We here at Khel Now will take a look at the transactions made in the first week of the January transfer window and bring you the latest Indian football transfer news.
Indian Super League
The headliner of the latest Indian football transfer news has to be the arrival of Deshorn Brown to Bengaluru FC to address their goalscoring issues. While captain Sunil Chhetri has been in sublime form, the Blues still miss their former talisman in Miku.
Brown, 29, has represented the Jamaican national team four times and has also played for Major League soccer outfits, Colorado Rapids and DC United. He also had a stint with Lorca FC in Spain and recently was plying his trade with Oklahoma City Energy in the USL Championship in the United States.
Meanwhile, ATK have signed centre-back Victor Mongil to replace the injured John Johnson. Mongil recently featured in ATK’s 0-2 win over Mumbai City away from home.
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The 27-year old started his footballing journey from the Valladolid youth teams and later featured for various Segunda B outfits in Spain. He was also part of the Atletico Madrid academy. Right before coming to India, Mongil helped his former team, Dinamo Tbilisi to become the champions of Georgia.
To everyone’s shock, NorthEast United recently parted ways with German-born Greek winger Panagiotis Triadis after his contract ended in January. Apart from scoring two goals along with a single assist this season, Triadis put in an impressive defensive performance, as he also notched up 20 tackles. With many teams looking for new recruits, Triadis could very well find another team in India.
Lastly, Mohamed Larbi who was highly speculated to part ways with Mumbai City FC in January has extended his stay with the Islanders. It was recently made official by the club.
Another transfer story that is doing the rounds in various news outlets is that of Juan Carlos Morano, also known as Carlitos joining Jamshedpur FC. The 34-year old attacking midfielder plies his trade for Real Majadahondo, which is also the former club of Jamshedpur’s current head coach Antonio Iriondo. With their injury list growing with every passing game, Iriondo need fresh recruits and it remains to be seen whether Carlitos makes his way to India.
Jamshedpur FC have also made an inquisition as they have signed Spanish forward David Grande in the transfer window. The 28-year-old will be available for selection for the Men of Steel’s game against Bengaluru FC on January 9.
The biggest Indian football transfer news from the I-League has to be Pedro Manzi leaving reigning champions, Chennai City FC for greener pastures in Japan. The Spanish forward scored 21 goals and was the joint-top scorer of the I-League last season, as he inspired his side to lift their first-ever I-League title. The 31-year-old has joined J2-League outfit Albirex Niigita.
Another groundbreaking transfer was Senegalese striker, Papa Babacar Diawara joining Mohun Bagan. The former Sevilla FC forward comes as a replacement for Spanish forward Salva Chamorro, who failed to impress the management and supporters.
Diawara comes with experience of playing in top European leagues and will hope to bring joy back for the Mariners this season.
The Mariners made another change to their team, as they were forced to replace Spanish winger Julen Colinas, who was ruled out for the season with an injury. To replace him, Mohun Bagan roped in versatile Tajik midfielder, Komron Tursunov. The 23-year-old player who regularly features in the Tajikistan national team has plied his trade for Istiklol FC and also played in the Intercontinental Cup earlier this year in India.
Meanwhile, Aizawl FC have shown great trust in their local youngsters and that has paid dividends with the team’s performances off late. Therefore the Reds decided to sign a bunch of new local talents who impressed in the Mizoram Premier League. The players are, Zothanmawia (Chanmari FC), Lalthlahlova (Chhinga Veng), Ramhlunchhunga (Electric Veng FC), MC Malsawmzuala (Chhinga Veng FC).
In the final update, Dempo SC have signed former FC Goa, Mumbai FC, Sporting Clube de Goa player Pratesh Shirodkar.