There was plenty of movement in Indian football on the final day of the summer transfer window.
The final day of the transfer market, also known as the deadline day, is full of excitement and anticipation. Even in a COVID-19 affected market, football clubs have shown a lot of ambition in recruiting players. Deadline day presents the final opportunity to get potential signings across the line. Just like in the rest of the world, the deadline for transfers applies to the Indian football leagues (ISL, I-League and so on) as well.
The Indian Super League (ISL) and the I-League are set to start in late 2021 and the clubs have been busy preparing for them by making quick transfers. The deadline day of the summer transfer window was a busy one to say the least. Many clubs were busy completing deals and finishing the documentation process.
Keeping a track of all the players and their next destinations could be a hassle. However, we at Khel Now will make this easier for you by collating all the transfers in the ISL and I-League from 31 August, 2021 in one place:
Indian Super League (ISL) transfers
SC East Bengal
SC East Bengal were expectedly busy on deadline day after their inclusion in the ISL 2021-22 was cleared very late. The club completed the signing of Indian international defender Adil Khan. The centre-back joins the Kolkata-based club on a one-year loan deal from Hyderabad FC.
The Red & Gold Brigade also confirmed the arrival of Daniel Gomes. The centre-back joins from Salgaocar for an undisclosed fee. He was the skipper at the Goan club and signs for the ISL outfit on a one-year deal, with an option to extend for another year.
Mahesh Naorem and Subha Ghosh also joined SC East Bengal ahead of the next season. Both players are from Kerala Blasters and are on loan to SCEB for ISL’s eighth edition.
Jamshedpur FC have brought in Eli Sabia ahead of the next season. He will be the ideal replacement for Stephen Eze who has departed. The Brazilian joins from Chennaiyin FC after spending four seasons with the Marina Machans. Sabia’s experience will be key and his previous working relationship with Owen Coyle will come in handy for the Men of Steel.
Kerala Blasters have brought in Bhutanese forward Chencho Gyeltshen. Known as the ‘Bhutanese Ronaldo,’ the 25-year-old will add firepower in attack for KBFC in the upcoming season. He has previously played in the ISL and I-League, with teams like Bengaluru FC and RoundGlass Punjab.
Chencho will also complete the Asian quota at the Yellow Army.
The Gaurs put to rest speculation surrounding Dylan Fox. The club have secured the centre-back from NorthEast United on a one-year deal.
The defender was impressive for the Highlanders during the 2020-21 season, helping them to a third-place finish in the league. The pairing of Fox and Ivan Gonzalez would be one to watch out for. The 27-year-old played 21 games last season and has previous experience of featuring in the Australian A-League.
The Marina Machans completed one of the coups of the summer when they signed Ninthoi Meetei from NorthEast United for an undisclosed fee.
Khel Now understands that the deal was completed in the final hours of deadline day and that the 20-year-old was convinced to join Chennaiyin after being promised more game-time. In the last two seasons of the ISL, he made 24 appearances for the Highlanders. He also reached the playoffs with them in ISL 2020-21.
Mumbai City FC
The reigning champions of the ISL roped in Bradden Inman as their AFC quota player. Inman played for ATK Mohun Bagan and Odisha FC last season and will now switch to his third club in the league within a space of just 10 months.
I-League outfit NEROCA FC have secured the signing of custodian Shubham Dhas. The 22-year-old joins the team from FC Goa where he could not get any gametime. The young goalkeeper will hope to continue his development at NEROCA from the next season onwards.
The reigning I-League champions Gokulam Kerala have completed the signing of Ghanian Rahim Osumanu. The striker will get a taste of Indian football for the first time as he joins the ranks of the Malabarians. The 26-year-old player has experience of plying his trade in countries such as Ethiopia, Algeria and Zambia.
Real Kashmir also completed a few signings on deadline day – with Surchandra Singh, Subham Roy, Ponif Vaz and Niraj Kumar all set to be announced by the club in the days to come.