It’s that time of the year (read off season) again in the India Super League where teams strengthen squads based on their success last season, or completely revamp because of underachievement. The 12 ISL clubs have begun their work in the transfer window. We bring you all the official transfers of each club so far.
Note: The name mentioned here are only the ones made official by the respective clubs. The clubs here are ordered according to the position they finished during the league phase last season.
The defending League Shield winners made the most significant signing of the summer so far, bringing in left-back Akash Mishra from Hyderabad FC for an undisclosed fee and on Sep 8 announced the signing of mercurial playmaker Nasser El Khayati from Chennaiyin. They’ve also announced contract extensions for Jorge Pereyra Diaz, Rostyn Griffiths, Rahul Bheke, Mehtab Singh and Vikram Partap Singh.
IN: Nasser El Khayati, Akash Mishra, Jayesh Rane (Loan), Tiri, Yoell van Nieff, Seilenthang Lotjem, Franklin Nazareth, Nathan Rodrigues, Vinit Rai, Tondomba Singh
OUT: Mandar Rao Dessai, Ahmed Jahouh, Mourtada Fall. Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Noacha Singh (loan), Rowllin Borges (loan), Amey Ranawade (loan), Gyamar Nikum (loan)
They’ve lost Manolo Marquez, their inspirational head coach of the last three years, to FC Goa, and five crucial players so far. Vignesh Dakshinamurthy ought to temper the loss of Akash Mishra, while the new-fangled ‘Leadership Group‘ will have Irishman Conor Nestor as the first-team coach, while Thangboi Singto features as the head-coach.
IN: Thangboi Singto (COACH), Vignesh Dakshinamurthy, Jonathan Moya, Petteri Pennanen, Joe Knowles, Makan Chote, Felipe Amorin, Jonathan Moya, Lalchungnunga Chhangte (loan)
OUT: Manolo Marquez (COACH), Akash Mishra, Halicharan Narzary, Rohit Danu, Javier Siverio, Borja Herrera, Joel Chianese, Biaka, Odei Onaindia, Sweden Fernandes, Amritpal Singh
The defending ISL champions have a new name, and a new technical director as well, with Antonio Lopez Habas returning to the club. They have commenced their summer business with the signing of midfielder Anirudh Thapa from Chennaiyin FC. They’ve added firepower to their attack with two foreign signings in Armando Sadiku and Jason Cummings.
The club also confirmed the signing of defender Anwar Ali, who was one of the standout players in the SAFF Championship and playmaker Sahal Abdul Samad from the Kerala Blasters.
– Mohun Bagan Super Giant (@mohunbagansg) June 23, 2023
IN: Sahal Abdul Samad, Anirudh Thapa, Armando Sadiku, Jason Cummings, Anwar Ali, Hector Yuste
OUT: Pritam Kotal, Carl McHugh, Tiri, Slavko Damjanovic, Ricky Shabong, Federico Gallego, Avilash Paul, Puitea, Florentin Pogba, N Rohen Singh.
Last year’s losing finallists Bengaluru FC have lost some key starters but have already brought in winger Halicharan Narzary from Hyderabad FC and goalkeeper Vikram Singh. Javi Hernadez and Aleksandr Jovanovic are the only two foreigners who have remained in their squad from last season. English striker Curtis Main and Dutch midfielder Keziah Veendorp have also been added to the ranks.
IN: Ryan Williams, Halicharan Narzary, Vikram Singh, Rohit Danu, Salam Johnson Singh, Slavko Damjanovic, Curtis Main, Jessel Carneiro, Shankar Sampangiraj, Keziah Veendorp, Hallicharan Narzary, Bidhyashagar Singh (loan)
OUT: Sandesh Jhingan, Udanta Singh, Prabir Das, Roy Krishna, Jayesh Rane (Loan), Wungngayam Muirang, Sharon Padattil, Bruno Ramires, Alan Costa, Prince Ibara, Thoi Singh, Pablo Perez, Leon Augustine, Harmanpreet Singh, Ajay Chhetri, Lara Sharma
After an eventful end to last season, the Blasters began their summer business by bringing in Australian winger Jaushua Sotirio from A-League side Newcastle Jets. Right-back Prabir Das has also joined from Bengaluru FC. Mohun Bagan captain Pritam Kotal is the latest addition, with one of their fan-favourites Sahal Abdul Samad going the other way.
IN: Prabir Das, Jaushua Sotirio, Pritam Kotal, Naocha Singh (Loan), Ishan Pandita, Aibhanha Dohling, Bikash Singh, Milos Drincic, Emmanuel Justine, Daisuke Sakai, Kwame Peprah, Freddy Lallawmmawma, Noacha Singh (loan), Lara Sharma (loan)
OUT: Nishu Kumar, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Ayush Adhikari, Denechandra Singh Metei, Jessel Carneiro, Apostolos Giannou, Victor Mongil, Ivan Kaliuzhnyi, Sahal Abdul Samad, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill
Ahead of their first Asian campaign coming up, Odisha have made a significant move by appointing Sergio Lobera as their head coach. As has been the norm in the ISL, Lobera has been followed to a new club by centre-back Mourtada Fall and midfielder Ahmed Jahouh.
The club has also confirmed the signing of experienced striker Roy Krishna.
IN: Sergio Lobera (COACH), Jerry Lalrinzuala, Lenny Rodrigues, Amey Ranawade (Loan), Mourtada Fall, Ahmed Jahouh, Laldinliana Renthlei, Aphaoba Singh and Roy Krishna.
OUT: Raynier Fernandes, Nandhakumar Sekar, Karan Amin, Denechandra Singh Meitei, Dylan D’Silva, Lalruatthara, Saul Crespo, Pedro Martin, Osama Malik, Victor Rodriguez.
Carlos Pena left FC Goa after a disappointing last season, and the club acted swiftly in bringing Marquez to the helm from Hyderabad FC. They’ve also made a string of critical Indian signings early in the window as the Goa rebuild begins to take shape. Their longest-serving foreign player, Edu Bedia, has also left the club at the end of his contract.
IN: Manolo Marquez (COACH), Sandesh Jhingan, Udanta Singh, Rowllin Borges, Boris Singh, Raynier Fernandes, Paulo Retre, Carlos Martinez, Odei Onaindia, Victor Rodriguez, Carl McHugh
OUT: Carlos Pena (COACH), Anwar Ali, Redeem Tlang, Makan Chothe, Lenny Rodrigues, Nongdamba Naorem, Edu Bedia, Hernan Santana, Marc Valiente, Iker Guarrotxena.
At the end of another season, it is another full rebuild for Chennaiyin FC, who have released all their six foreigners from last season. They haven’t yet announced any foreign incomings (apart from Jordan Murray). They have, though, announced the return of Owen Coyle as head coach.
IN: Owen Coyle (coach), Connor Shields, Sweden Fernandes, Bijay Chhetri, Ankit Mukherjee, Irfan Yadwad, Jordan Murray, Farukh Choudhary, Sachu Siby, Ayush Adhikari, Critian Battocchio, Rafael Crivallero, Sarthak Golui
OUT: Thomas Brdaric (COACH), Anirudh Thapa, Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Prasanth Karuthadathkuni, Jockson Dhas, Monotosh Chakladar, Fallou Diagne, Vafa Hakhamaneshi, Julius Duker, Abdenasser El Khayati, Kwame Karikari, Petar Sliskovic, Nasser El Khayati
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– East Bengal FC (@eastbengal_fc) June 14, 2023
A large chunk of the early business in the ISL so far has been done by East Bengal. Carles Cuadrat, an ISL-winning coach with Bengaluru FC, has replaced Stephen Constantine for the Kolkata giants, who have also wasted no time in making several moves for players from within the ISL already.
IN: Carles Cuadrat (COACH), Edwin Vanspaul, Nishu Kumar, Harmanjot Singh Khabra, Mandar Rao Dessai, Nandhakumar Sekar, Javier Siverio, Saul Crespo, Borja Herrera, Gursimrat Singh Gill, Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Gurnaj Singh Grewal, Lalchungunga, Jordan Elsey, Guite, Jose Antonio Pardo,
OUT: Stephen Constantine (COACH), Amarjit Singh, Himanshu Jangra, Naveen Kumar, Suvam Sen, Sumeet Passi, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Semboi Haokip, Charalambos Kyriakou, Jake Jervis, Jordan O’Doherty, Pawan Kumar, Luwang
So far, things have been rather quiet at Jamshedpur, who are looking to bounce back from a desperately disappointing 2022-23 season.
IN: Scott Cooper (COACH), Peter Sliskovic, Wungngayam Murang, Imran Khan, Emil Benny, Provat Lakra, Rei Tachikawa, Elsinho, Provat Lakra, Jeremy Manzorro, Rei Tachikawa, Alen Stevanovic
OUT: Aidy Boothroyd (COACH), Laldinliana Renthlei, Boris Singh, Ishan Pandita, Farukh Choudhary, Eli Sabia.
After a season where they had the lowest points total for any ISL team ever, they’ve appointed Juan Pedro Benali of Spain as their new head coach.
IN: Fredy, Shighil Nambrath, Juan Pedro Benali (COACH), Redeem Tlang, Soraisham Dinesh Singh, Buanthanglun Samte, Ibson Melo, Phalguni Singh, Michel Zabaco, Thoi Singh, Nestor Albiach, Dinesh Singh, Phalguni Singh, Yaser Hamed
OUT: Alex Saji, Sehnaj Singh, Laldanmawia Ralte, Aaron Evans, Kule Mbombo, Alisher Kholmurodov, Joseba Beitia, Imran Khan, Provat Lakra, Emil Benny, Sehnaj Singh, Wilson Gil, Aaron Evans, Joseba Beitia
Last year’s I-League champions have had their promotion to the ISL confirmed after fulfilling the necessary licensing criteria. Their transfer business has been steady with emphasis on young Indian talent.
IN: Melroy Assisi, Leon Augustine, Prasanth K, Amarjit Singh, Nikhil Prabhu, Ricky Shabong, Tejas Krishna, Ranjeet Singh, Wilmar Jordan Gil, Madih Talal,
OUT: Aphaoba Singh. Aleksander Ignjatovic, Shankar Sampingiraj