We are just a few weeks into the summer transfer window and clubs have already made some big-name signings.
With the Indian football transfer window now open, various ISL clubs have gone about making their moves for the big 2022-23 season. This year, it is mandatory for Indian Super League (ISL) outfits to participate in the Durand Cup, which kicks off in August.
This means that teams will have to brace for a much longer season. Clubs will have to make sure they tick off their boxes and have deep squads to compete in multiple tournaments.
The clubs’ management has seen the impact Indian players had on the pitch last season. There is an increased demand for talented Indian players, with the four-foreigner rule having a significant impact on on-field dynamics. Teams will also have to be very decisive about their foreigners with only six eligible to make the squad.
Search is on for youngsters too who can make an impact on the big stage, replicating the likes of Naorem Roshan and Kiyan Nassiri from last season. In this article, we take a look at every transfer that the clubs have completed ahead of a long ISL 2022-23 campaign.
The Men of Steel clinched their maiden ISL Winners’ Shield last season, scripting history in the process. However, the coach that guided to the title parted ways immediately after the conclusion of the season. Owen Coyle now coaches Scottish second-division club Queen’s Park FC back home. Jamshedpur FC have also lost their chief architect and the ISL 2021-22 Player of the Season Greg Stewart to Mumbai City FC. So they need new additions.
Arrivals: Muhammed Uvais, Pratik Chaudari, Wellington Priori, Harry Sawyer, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
Departures: Narender Gahlot, Greg Stewart, Mobashir Rahman
The reigning champions from last season will look to sustain their success in the upcoming campaign. Having lost their key full-back Asish Rai, the Nizams made sure they retained his partner Akash Mishra. With a squad teeming with exuberant youngsters, Hyderabad FC will face a tall task in retaining the spine of their squad for ISL 2022-23.
Arrivals: Alex Saji, Manoj Mohammad, Odei Onaindia, Soyal Joshy, Ramhlunchhunga, Borja Herrera
Departures: Asish Rai, Nikhil Prabhu, Souvik Chakrabarti, Aniket Jadhav
ATK Mohun Bagan
Having lost the ISL Winners’ Shield to Jamshedpur FC on the final day and also failing to make the playoffs final, ATK Mohun Bagan are certain to go big in this transfer window. The Mariners finished third last season and are in dire need of reinforcements, especially in defence. With a new coach in Juan Ferrando at the helm, they also need to sign players that fit into the coach’s philosophy.
Departures: Michael Soosaiaj, David Williams, Roy Krishna, Prabir Das, Bidyananda Singh, Subrata Pal, Sk Sahil, Sandesh Jhingan
Kerala Blasters FC
Last season was a story of so close and yet so far for the Blasters. At one stage, the Yellow Army were playing the most free-flowing football in the entire league. They bowed out in the final to Manolo Marquez’s Hyderabad FC. Kerala Blasters have already lost the services of Alvaro Vasquez, and it will take some effort for a new striker to fill his boots.
Departures: Alvaro Vazquez, Vincy Barreto, Enes Sipovic, Albino Gomes, Seityasen Singh, Chencho Gyeltshen, Sanjeev Stalin, Denechandra Meitei (loan), Albino Gomes, Seityasen Singh, Bidyashagar Singh (loan)
Mumbai City FC
When Mumbai City announced the departure of no less than six first-team players, it was clear that the side would go through a rebuild. Despite finishing fifth in the league, it wasn’t all gloom for the Islanders as they finished 2nd in their AFC Champions League group, an unprecedented feat. They have signed proven foreigners from the ISL this season, something that worked incredibly well in the 2020/21 campaign.
Departures: Mohamad Rakip, Igor Angulo, Diego Maurício, Cássio Gabriel, Bradden Inman, Vikram Singh, Raynier Fernandes (loan), Pranjal Bhumij (loan), Valpuia (loan)
Bengaluru played some exciting football under Marco Pezziaouli in the second half of last season. However, the German tactician has been released by the club and Simon Grayson has been appointed to replace him in ISL 2022-23. This will be the Englishman’s first assignment outside his country and a lot will be riding on his shoulders. Getting the players he wants in an unfamiliar market will not be easy for the 52-year-old.
Arrivals: Javi Hernandez, Prabir Das, Faisal Ali, Amrit Gope, Hira Mondal, Roy Krishna, Aleksandr Jovanovic, Sudhir Kotikala, Ankith Padmanabhan, Clarence Fernandes, Felixson Conny Fernandes, Sandesh Jhingan
Departures: Ashique Kuruniyan, Cleiton Silva, Iman Basafa, Pratik Chaudhari, Sarthak Golui, Bidyashagar Singh (loan)
Odisha blew hot and cold in 2021/22. They relied heavily on the individual brilliance of their foreigners – Javi Hernandez, Jonathas and Aridai Cabrera. Come the new season, they have released all three of them along with club captain Vinit Rai. Josep Gombau has returned to the club as Head Coach and will need a very good transfer window to steer Odisha’s ship around.
Arrivals: Osama Malik, Carlos Delgado, Narendar Gahlot, Michael Soosairaj, Nikhil Prabhu, Raynier Fernandes (loan), Diego Mauricio, Denechandra Meitei (loan), Saul Crespo, Pedro Martin, Lalthuammawia Ralte, Victor Rodriguez,
Departures: Javi Hernandez, Victor Mongil, Arshdeep Singh, Gaurav Bora, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Vinit Rai (loan), Ravi Kumar
Chennaiyin have got the most important thing out of the way very quickly – securing Anirudh Thapa’s contract extension. With the captain staying for a couple more seasons, Chennaiyin have an important piece of the puzzle already in place. Thomas Brdaric comes in with an impressive profile as the new Head Coach. His attacking approach will be a welcome change for the Marina Machans after Bozidar Bandovic’s reactive football.
Arrivals: Vincy Barreto, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Monotosh Chakladar, Jiteshwor Singh, Sourav Das, Gurmukh Singh, Mohammed Rafique, Akash Sangwan, Sajal Bag, Fallou Diagne, Vafa Hakhamaneshi, Kwame Karikari, Lijo Francis, Jockson Dhas, Petar Sliskovic, Julius Duker, Ajith Kumar
Departures: Vishal Kaith, Deepak Devrani, Davinder Singh, Germanpreet Singh, Jerry Lalrinzuala
Many important foreigners have left the fray for the Gaurs over the last month. Club captain Edu Bedia has signed an extension and will assist Carlos Pena, his former teammate and his new boss in helping the side reach its goals. Having released a slew of talented footballers, we can expect some interesting incomings for the Men in Orange over the next few months.
Departures: Alberto Noguera, Jorge Ortiz, Ivan Gonzalez, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Dylan Fox, Airam Cabrera, Christy Davis
NorthEast United FC
NorthEast United had a season to forget under Khalid Jamil in 2021/22. Losing their best foreigner Federico Gallego early on was a body blow for the Highlanders. Retaining the likes of VP Suhair and signing other talented key Indian players will be the way ahead for the Guwahati-based side.
Arrivals: Gaurav Bora
Departures: Deshorn Brown,
The Red and Gold brigade find themselves in the exact situation they were in last year. They have signed a few players on pre-contracts but need to sort out the issue with their new investors if they are to dive into the market. With the 2022-23 season beginning early with the Durand Cup followed by the ISL, the club management has no time to waste in initiating the squad-building process.
Arrivals: Ivan Gonzalez, Mobashir Rahman, Vishnu TM, Pawan Kumar, Mohammad Rakip, Sarthak Golui, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Pritam Singh, Souvik Chakrabarti, Amarjit Singh (loan), Aniket Jadhav, Naorem Mahesh Singh (permanent transfer), VP Suhair, Alex Lima, Cleiton Silba, Eliandro, Charalambos Kyriakou
Departures: Lalrinliana Hnamte, Sourav Das, Mohammed Rafique, Hira Mondal
ISL 2022-23: Contract extensions
- Jamshedpur FC: Ricky Lallawmawma (2024), Jitendra Singh (2024), Eli Sabia (2023), Daniel Chima Chukwu (2024)
- Hyderabad FC: Akash Mishra (2027), Joel Chianese (2023), Bart Ogbeche (2023), Javi Siverio (2023), Sahil Tavora (2024), Laxmikant Kattimani (2024), Halicharan Narzary (2023)
- ATK Mohun Bagan: Kiyan Nassiri (2024), Manvir Singh (2027), Ravi Rana (2025), Carl McHugh (2024)
- Kerala Blasters FC: Sandeep Singh (2025), Karanjit Singh (2023), Prabshukhan Gill (2024), Marko Leskovic (2024), Jeakson Singh (2025), Bijoy Varghese (2025), Adrian Luna (2024)
- Mumbai City FC: Mourtada Fall (2023), Ahmed Jahouh (2023),
- Bengaluru FC: Roshan Singh (2026), Parag Shrivas (2025), Lara Sharma (2026), Wungngayam Muirang (2025), Leon Augustine (2025), Namgyal Bhutia (2026)
- Odisha FC: Kamaljit Singh (2025+1)
- Chennaiyin FC: Sajid Dhot (2024), Anirudh Thapa (2024), Rahim Ali (2024)
- FC Goa: Princeton Rebello (2024), Edu Bedia (2023), Seriton Fernandes (2024)
- NorthEast United: Provat Lakra
- East Bengal: Wahengbam Angousana (2024), Ankit Mukherjee