The 25-year old has had a very good season in the I-League for the Red Machines.
ATK are already stacking up for their Indian Super League (ISL) title defence for next season and have snapped up Glan Martins from Churchill Brothers.
According to The Times of India, Martins has opted to join the Kolkata-giants on a two-year deal. The 25-year old had a very good season in the I-League for the Red Machines, putting in some commendable performances from midfield and impressing many with his passing range.
ATK have reportedly been keeping a track of him for quite a long time and were quite desperate to sign him during the January transfer window. They were even willing to pay 15 lacs as a transfer fee, but Churchill weren’t willing to sell him as they wanted to fight for the I-League title.
But now with Mohun Bagan having won the title and the season closing in on being cancelled, Glan Martins will don the colours of the Kolkata side next season. He’ll sign on till 2022 and be part of the brand new ATK-Mohun Bagan merged franchise in their debut ISL season.
Martins has made 14 appearances in the I-League this season and despite being unable to score or assist a goal, he’s shown bright signs with his technical ability. He allegedly also went through trials for a few lower-division clubs in the United States but will venture into a new journey with ATK next season.
The Kolkata giants have already brought out the big guns in the transfer window, signing Manvir Singh and Subashish Bose for the next season. With Mohun Bagan merging with them, their players will all be available to pick for Antonio Habas, who is confirmed to be at the helm next season.
For Martins, the competition will be relentless. Not only will just ATK’s experienced midfielders like Pronay Halder, Jayesh Rane and Michael Regin be vying for a place in the team next season, but young upstart Sk Sahil is also expected to feature for the new franchise.
But Glan Martins has proven himself a tenacious, skilful midfielder who won the Man of the Match against East Bengal earlier this season and will work his socks off to make his ISL debut next season.