Indian football season is set to kick-off with Indian Super League (ISL), likely to take place from 20 to 23 November. But before the league begins, there is a lot of player transfer drama to happen.
Indian Super League was set to be biggest league of India with each teams were likely to play each other 3 times to match AFC criteria to play in the AFC Club competition. The league was also set to begin from September month.
But all this came to a halt when sports around the world came to a halt due to the Coronavirus pandemic, same goes with India, all sporting activities came to a halt and we yet to recover from the COVID-19.
Due to COVID-19, the Indian football schedule changed completely. The league start is now delayed. That means the Indian football transfer window was delayed too. The Indian football transfer window was to start in June.
Here’s all you need to know about the revised Indian football transfer window.
When will Indian Football transfer window begin ?
The Indian football transfer window will now begin from August 1st and will run for 11 weeks.
When Will The Transfer Window End ?
The transfer will end on 20th of October at 10PM Indian Standard Time.
What Has Happened So Far ?
The most wanted player in this transfer window is Sandesh Jhingan who has now mutually parted ways with Kerala Blasters FC due to Blasters asking to take a pay cut. The player is linked with almost every ISL clubs. He also wants to play abroad and was set to go on trials with some European clubs but he has to drop the plan due to Coronavirus.
So far a lot of pre-contract agreement has happened. One of them is FC Goa signing Igor Angulo as a forward. Talking about Goa, they sold Manvir Singh to ATK Mohun Bagan FC for INR 80 Lakh rupees and transfer will be completed when the window opens.
ATK Mohun Bagan FC have signed one of their former player Tiri who was initially set to join Kerala Blasters FC but the talks broken due to financial issues. They also renewed contracts of Roy Krishna, Prabir Das, Pritam Kotal and more.
FC Goa is losing their core team to Mumbai City FC after Mourtada Fall, Ahmed Jahouh, Mandar, the captain of FC Goa, left the team. But it’s not the end here as they are even set to lose their star player Hugo Boumous to Mumbai City FC after City agreed to pay his INR 1.6 crore release clause.
Talking about Chennaiyin FC, they are not much active right now in the market and as a result of that they failed to retain the services of their star striker Valskis, who is yet to commit to any club.
Odisha FC meanwhile has signed some really talented young player as they aim to play on a long term. But yet to reveal any foreign signings. Also they have appointed a new coach Stuart Baxter.
Jamshedpur FC, same as Chennaiyin FC, not much active and yet to do any signing. They are probably dealing with their partner Atletico Madrid wanting to break their tie up.
Maybe not all gone right for Kerala Blasters FC, but they have managed to secure the services of young Nishu Kumar.
Talking about I-League, the transfer schedule remains the same for them too, from 1st August to 20th of October. This year the defending I-League champions Mohun Bagan will play in the ISL after merging with ATK.
Other I-League clubs are slowly slowly getting started with their transfer business. About East Bengal, they might not know whether they will be playing in ISL or not but they have built a strong team during the lockdown.