The sirens have been blown for the second season of the Indian Super League (ISL) with the player auctions taking center stage. Mumbai City FC have by far been the most aggressive buyers in the market recruiting some of the best from India with an aim to improve their lack-lustre finish last season. On the other hand, title holders Atletico de Kolkata have opened their kitty for the player they need.
Here is a roundup of all major news in the ISL this week:
Mumbai most active in the ISL Market
Mumbai City FC now has one of the fiercest attacks in the ISL, India captain Sunil Chhetri leads the line along with French International Nicolas Anelka and Mohun Bagan striker Sony Norde. Mumbai have taken their past season as learning and now appear keen to make their move up the leaderboard from their previous finish at seventh.
In addition to the attacking trio, Mumbai have also signed Nunez (Central Midfielder) and O’dea (Central Defender) to form a formidable and well balanced team ahead of the tournament.
Defending Champions made to sweat in the Auction
Atletico de Kolkata certainly did not expect to pay five times the base price for a player at the auctions, but they did so for Bengaluru FC right back Rino Anto. The player seemed to be on the shopping list of most teams as his base price of 17.5 lakhs skyrocketed to 90 lakhs in a matter of minutes. The second signing by the former Indian Cricket Captain Sourav Ganguly’s club was Pune FC’s Arata Izumi.
In other major news so far, Pune City FC pulled a stunner of a signing with the best player from the I-League Eugeneson Lyngdoh for a whopping 1.05 Crore. While, Delhi Dynamos retained their captain from last season Hans Mulder.
However, there is also some bad news for fans of ISL team. The players from the Indian National team would likely be called up for the national duty for the World Cup Qualifiers and are set to miss a couple of ISL matches in the process.Too early perhaps for nation vs club kind of debates.