Vineeth stays as Rino Anto set to leave, Goa trail Lenny and more
Written by: Ali Shibil Roshan
We bring you the latest from a bustling Indian Super League and I-League transfer market.
ISL behemoths Kerala Blasters are all set to offload their Kerala-born defender Rino Anto. The right-back has missed several games for Blasters this season, mostly due to injury. However, Khel Now has learnt that the defender does not want a move away from the club, but the southerners have not yet offered him with a new contract. As for a possible destination for the 30-year-old, Bengaluru FC and FC Pune City have joined the race to rope him in, Khel Now understands.
Elsewhere, Blasters have provided other ISL clubs an opportunity to sign CK Vineeth with no transfer fee involved. There were many offers for the attacker, Jamshedpur FC, in particular, were all set to avail of his services. However, a source close to the development has told Khel Now that Vineeth is likely stay at Kerala. But, it's reliably understood that negotiations are still going on between clubs for the 29-year-old.
In terms of incomings, after successfully recruiting Holicharan Narzary, and Seiminlen Doungel, the Blasters have now roped in Delhi Dynamos ace Seityasen Singh, Khel Now understands. The winger featured in 11 games for the capital side this season, scoring one and assisting another three in the process.
Meanwhile, Jamshedpur FC have also extended the contract of custodian Subrata Paul aka the Spider Man. Paul had a brilliant season with Jamshedpur FC as he kept seven clean-sheets with 44 saves. The 31-year-old goalkeeper recently told Khel Now in an exclusive interview that, "Being picked by Jamshedpur FC was like a homecoming for me".
Elsewhere, FC Goa's Naveen Kumar will seal a move to Blasters in the coming days, Khel Now can confirm. The 28-year-old shot-stopper appeared in six games for the Gaurs and made 18 saves. The inclusion of the former Churchill Brothers custodian will provide Kerala with a variety of options in between the bars.
Meanwhile, FC Goa are all set to sign Bengaluru FC midfielder Lenny Rodriguez, who has had a moderate season with the former I-League champions. Goa earlier secured the services of Jackichand Singh to bolster their flanks. Now, the inclusion of this lanky defensive midfielder will help them fill the gap between the defence and midfield. Also, the Goans are all set to secure the services of Mumbai City FC goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya in the coming days.
Mumbai City FC have extended the contract of their shot-stopper Amrinder Singh, the side confirmed. The new extension will keep the 24-year-old at the club until 2021.
Meanwhile, debutants Jamshedpur FC had a good season, to say the least, despite failing to make the cut for the semi-finals. To keep the momentum going, they've ensured that their star defender Tiri will stay with the club for one more year, the club officially confirmed. Tiri was also on the radar of ATK, but Jamshedpur did the right thing at the right time to guarantee the Spaniard's continued services.
ATK, who finished at the bottom of the table just above NorthEast United, have agreed on terms with FC Goa's defensive midfielder Pranoy Halder. Mohun Bagan's Ricky Lallawmawma has also agreed to join the Bengal Tigers, sources confirmed.
Lallawmawma had a good season with the Mariners in the I-League and was vital for them at the back. The Kolkata franchise are also trying to bolster their attacking options by signing Mumbai City's Balwant Singh. It's understood that negotiations are going on but nothing has been finalized until now.
Published: Fri Mar 16, 2018 02:43 PM IST