Most teams in the league are currently working on filling up their respective squads with quality domestic stars.
The Indian Super League 2021-22 season might seem far away right now. However, the teams are already working hard behind the scenes to develop championship-worthy squads that can help them succeed. The last ISL season might only have ended just over a month ago, but a lot of activity is going on in terms of player transfers. Understandably, all the clubs are desperate to fortify their team months before pre-season.
At this point of the season, the majority of teams are still looking to fill up their squad with quality domestic stars rather than recruiting foreign players. After all, with the 3+1 rule being implemented next season, the need for the best Indian talent has sky-rocketed. A number of interesting deals have already been completed in the league.
Today, Khel Now takes a look at all the transfers that have officially confirmed by various ISL clubs so far.
Liston Colaco to ATK Mohun Bagan
In what is likely to be one of the biggest domestic player transfers of the summer, ATK Mohun Bagan made a statement of intent by signing Liston Colaco for a record transfer fee from Hyderabad FC. The Goa-born winger had a stellar season for the Nizams, with two goals and three assists. Both fans and pundits now see him as one of the most prolific young Indian stars of the competition.
The Mariners are clearly planning for the future. They are building a strong squad to ensure ISL domination and also to compete strongly in the AFC Cup. Having an unpredictable, feisty winger like Colaco (who can also make an impact from the bench) will only further improve their attacking prowess next season.
Sanjeev Stalin to Kerala Blasters
After another disappointing season in which they could only manage a 10th place finish, Kerala Blasters are looking for another squad revamp. They are already at work, trying to recruit the players who can get them out of this precarious position.
The Yellow Army’s first course of action was to strengthen their defence in signing young left-back Sanjeev Stalin. The former Indian Arrows star will be joining from Portuguese side Aves. He also appeared for the India U-17 side in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and fans know him for his impressive set-piece ability and strong defensive sturdiness.
Stalin will provide competition for Jessel Carneiro at left-back. Additionally, he can also slot in as a centre-back. The 20-year-old is seen as a bright long-term prospect, who can help KBFC maintain a solid defensive record for years to come.
Hormipam Ruivah to Kerala Blasters
Following the signing of Stalin, Kerala decided to bulk up their future defensive line even further. They did so by roping in young centre-back Hormipam Ruivah from Roundglass Punjab. A Sports Academy of India (SAI) graduate, Hormipam has appeared for the Indian national team at the U-18 level. He has enjoyed quite a lot of success at the youth level as well.
Last season, Ruivah made 14 appearances in the I-League for Punjab and helped them keep six clean sheets. A proactive, intelligent centre-back with the ability to read the game very well and make crunching challenges to clear danger, the 20-year-old seems to have a bright future ahead of him. Blasters will hope his development continues with them so that the youngster can soon be a permanent part of their defensive line.
Sahil Panwar to Odisha FC
Odisha FC made their first ‘official’ domestic signing of the summer by signing Sahil Panwar from Hyderabad FC. The 21-year-old defender comes with a few years of ISL experience having played for FC Pune City before playing for the Nawabs.
Last season, Panwar only made 3 appearances for Hyderabad – including just 5 minutes of playing time. Injuries didn’t help nor did stiff competition for places. However, he’ll aim to redeem himself at Odisha – who look to bounce back after a disappointing campaign last time around.
More transfers are set to follow for the club, who wrapped up their ISL 2020-21 season at the bottom of the table.
Amrinder Singh to ATK Mohun Bagan
Four months after Khel Now first reported the news, Amrinder Singh has officially joined ATK Mohun Bagan. He joins on a ₹10crore deal in what is one of the biggest ISL transfers of all time and is likely to take over the no.1 spot for the Mariners from Arindam Bhattacharya next season.
After spending the last five years at Mumbai City, this will be a different experience for Amrinder. However, the 28-year-old comes with enormous experience which will help him settle in nicely. Last season, Amrinder helped Mumbai City maintain a brilliant defensive record – conceding only 21 goals in 23 matches.
He only missed out on the Golden Glove narrowly and kept 10 clean sheets last season! Amrinder has made 95 appearances in his ISL career and kept 29 clean sheets at that. A superb shot stopper, vocal figure who can help maintain a tight defensive record – he should fit into Antonio Habas’ system really well.
- Mumbai City FC: Bipin Singh (2025), Vignesh Dakshinamurthy (2025)
- Chennaiyin FC: Edwin Sydney Vanspaul (2023)
- FC Goa: Brandon Fernandes (2024)
- Hyderabad FC: Laxmikant Kattimani (2022)
- Kerala Blasters FC: Denechandra Meitei (2024)
- Odisha FC: Jerry Mawihmingthanga (2025)