There were several moves to keep track of in the past week.
The transfer market is open and clubs are in full force trying to make changes to their teams ahead of the new season. Indian football is soon going to return to action later this year and the clubs are busy preparing for it by means of player transfers. During the past seven days, there were many new player signings and contract extensions.
As usual, we have been keep a track of these developments. Therefore, here is a compilation of all the Indian football transfers in the past seven days:
Indian Super League
Kerala Blasters announced the signing of Harmanjot Khabra from Bengaluru FC after a long period of speculation. The player provides great utility and can put a shift in defence and attack. “I am very excited to join Kerala Blasters. The opportunity to play for the passionate Yellow Army aligns with my love and passion for the game,” he said in reaction to the move.
Costa Nhamoinesu has left for greener pastures, joining Polish side TS Podbeskidzie. The 35-year-old played 16 times for KBFC last year, which was a disappointing campaign.
ATK Mohun Bagan
ATK Mohun Bagan kept up their momentum in the transfer market. After acquiring the services of Hugo Boumous from Mumbai City FC, they also brought in Bidyananda Singh. The 23-year-old moves to the Mariners from the Islanders on a one-year-deal.
They also agreed an extension with their Irish midfielder Carl McHugh. He will represent the outfit for another year and provide further stability to the squad. McHugh will be playing his third season in Indian football after the extension.
FC Goa handed a contract extension to their star midfielder Glan Martins. The 27-year-old has been impressive since his move to the Gaurs from ATKMB in January 2021. The extension will ensure Martins will stay with FCG until 2024.
The Gaurs bid farewell to their center-back James Donachie. The defender has left the club and signed for A-League outfit Sydney FC. Donachie spent one year in the ISL and was crucial to FCG’s performances in the AFC Champions League, in particular.
Two-time ISL winners, Chennaiyin FC handed a multi-year contract extension to their star playmaker Rafael Crivellaro. “I’m very happy to continue with Chennaiyin FC. Ever since I joined the club, I’ve had a special bond with the fans, the city and the staff. I love Chennai. For me, it always felt like home,” an elated Crivellaro spoke on the contract extension.
Hyderabad FC have extended Joao Victor’s contract, ensuring he will stay with the club until the 2022/23 season. The Spaniard was impressive for the Nizams last year, appearing in 17 games during the season. He scored three goals and provided two assists in the process.
Bengaluru FC announced the signing of Congolese striker Prince Ibara. The 25-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Blues and will add to their attacking firepower. He has previously played for clubs in Gabon, Tunisia and Qatar. He was most recently playing for French Ligue 2 outfit Chateauroux on loan from Belgian First Division A side Beerschot.
The Blues also made waves in the world of domestic transfers, following the arrival of former India U-19 starlet Harmanpreet Singh.
SC East Bengal
SC East Bengal’s week of misery saw them lose Anthony Pilkington. He is the latest foreigner who has left the club after the likes of Matti Steinman, Jacques Maghoma and Bright Enobakhare. The former Norwich City player joins Fleetwood Town, playing in the EFL League One in England.
I-League clubs were also active in the Indian football transfers’ circle, as proved by the reigning league champions. Gokulam Kerala announced that they signed Shoib Akhtar. The defender comes in after the club lost the likes of Deepak Devrani and Jestin George. Akhtar comes in from NEROCA FC and has penned a multi-year deal with the outfit.
The new entrants in the I-League, Sreenidhi Deccan FC continued to add more players to their squad in the past week too. The club roped in Samad Ali Mallick from SC East Bengal. The full-back will add more depth to the debutants, who are building a strong squad ahead of the upcoming season.
Second Division League Qualifiers
Second Division League club Garhwal FC completed the signing of Ansumana Kromah. The 27-year-old has past experience of playing for teams like Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Churchill Brothers. The Liberian striker last played for Bhawanipore FC.