The January transfer window has long gone and teams have finalized the means to spend the rest of the season and beyond. As we enter the month of February, IFTWC takes a look at all the ISL transfers throughout the month.
Northeast United FC
Arrivals – Joseba Beitia, Hira Mondal, Kule Mbombo, Alex Saji (loan)
Departures – Matt Derbyshire, Jon Gaztañaga
Northeast United FC are in an unending mess. They had the longest winless run in the league’s history and are with only four points. Which could well end up as the campaign with the least amount of points.
As for arrivals, Joseba Beitia is finally signed up in ISL. Hira Mondal has arrived at the club after terminating with Bengaluru FC citing game-time problems.
In an exclusive, IFTWC confirmed that Congolese striker Kule Mbombo is replacing the outgoing Matt Derbyshire. About departures, Jon Gaztañaga left because he saw leaving NEUFC as a better career decision.
New coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese has brought in Alex Saji on loan. He was a vital part of his Gokulam side.
Arrivals – Dylan Fox, Pronoy Halder
Departures – Wellington Priori, Sandip Mandy, SK Sahil (loan)
Upon Owen Coyle’s departure, Jamshedpur FC has been a kind of mess under Aidy Boothryd. After bringing in Rafael Crivellaro in December, the club has bought in Australian defender Dylan Fox and another familiar face in Pronoy Halder. Pronoy is on a permanent transfer from ATK Mohun Bagan this time.
While Wellington Priori, Sandip Mandy, and SK Sahil have seen the exit door.
East Bengal FC
Arrivals– Jake Jervis
East Bengal, being East Bengal, suffered a registration ban due to failing to clear Omid Singh’s dues. The club showed intentions of signing players like Cleiton Silva, Ivan Gonzalez, VP Suhair, and Aniket Jadhav in the summer. But the never-ending turmoil at the club never lets the fans enjoy success for a bit.
In the limited time East Bengal had, they replaced Brazilian Eliandro with Jake Jervis.
Arrivals – Bikash Yumnam, Givson Singh (loan)
Departures– Joby Justin, Syed Suhail Pasha, Salam Ranjan Singh, Lovepreet Singh (loan)
Chennaiyin FC are one of the worst-hit teams due to injury. Their Brazilian talisman Crivellaro is finally out of the club. They have an absolute baller in the name of Nasser El-Khayati but he has barely played 50% of the matches. The team wasn’t even that bad to finish in the other half of the table. But Brdaric’s men seem to have lost it.
Amongst the arrivals were U-21 players Bikash Yumnam and Givson Singh. Bikash has joined on a permanent transfer from Roundglass Punjab while Givson Singh has joined on loan from rivals Kerala Blasters.
Once again, the club failed to make the most of Indian players. Joby Justin has left for Gokulam while highly-rated second-team player Syed Suhail Pasha has left for TRAU for game time. Salam follows the suite while Lovepreet flies to Kenkre Mumbai on loan.
Arrivals – Aniket Jadhav, Tankadhar Bag
Departures – Sebastian Thangmuansang (loan), Lalhrezuala Sailung (loan), Dylan D’Silva (loan)
The major highlight of Odisha FC’s window was the paid signing of Aniket Jadhav. He has joined the intriguing winger catalogue of Josep Gambou which includes Jerry, Nandha, and Michael Soosairaj. The arrival of Odian defender Tankadhar Bag has been much anticipated for quite a time.
The club has sent three youngsters on loan to lower divisions. Sebastian is on loan to Mohammedan, Sailung to Sudeva, and goalkeeper Dylan D’Silva to Dempo.
Goan midfielder Princeton Fernandes arrived at the club in January after terminating his contract with FC Goa for the move.
Departures – Danish Farooq
Simon Grayson’s Bengaluru FC were the idlest club in the window. The only movement was the outgoing of Danish Farooq for whom Kerala Blasters paid 25 Lakh.
The reigning Durand Cup champions have gained pace in their quest to add another silverware this season.
Arrivals – Hernan Santana, Lenny Rodrigues
Departures – Glan Martins, Nongdomba Naorem, Phrangki Buam
Time hasn’t been the best for FC Goa since winning the shield in 2020. They are in the race for the remaining playoff spots. For arrivals, they have signed Hernan Santana from Lobera’s Sichuan Jiuniu (Chinese CFG club) and welcomed Lenny Rodrigues again. While Glan Martins, Nongdomba Naorem and Phrangki Buam have seen their way out.
ATK Mohun Bagan
Arrivals – Puitea, Slavko Damjanovic, Federico Gallego, Glan Martins, Nongdomba Naorem
Departures – Pronoy Halder, Lenny Rodrigues
Mariners had quite a window with big-name arrivals at various positions. They received a blow in the injury of Florentin Pogba but have now replaced him with last season’s Chennaiyin player Slavko Damjanovic. Another former ISL player who makes a comeback is Federico Gallego. Injuries have taken a major toll on his career but he is going to be a vital part of the remainder of ATK Mohun Bagan’s season.
Glan Martins and Nongdomba Naorem are making a return to the club. Martins was involved in a loan exchange for Lenny Rodrigues while Naorem has come in a free transfer after terminating his contract with FC Goa. Pronoy Halder is once again on his way to Jamshedpur, this time on a permanent transfer.
Kerala Blasters FC
Arrivals – Danish Farooq, Mohammed Aimen (promotion), Mohammed Azhar (promotion)
Departures – Puitea, Givson Singh (loan)
The Blasters defence has been hit with injuries as Marko Leskovic missed a few important games and Sandeep Singh is ruled out for the rest of the season. After a long month of inactivity, they lured in Danish Farooq from rivals Bengaluru FC on the transfer fee of 25 Lacs. They have also promoted Mohammed Aimen and Mohammed Azhar from the second team.
They let go of two midfielders in Givson Singh and Puitea.
Arrivals – Sajad Hussain Parray
Departures – Sajad Hussain Parray (loan back), Alex Saji (loan), Sweden Fernandes (loan)
Sitting second in the table, Manolo Marquez’s Hyderabad FC haven’t done much business in January. The only arrival was Gokulam Kerala’s Sajad Hussain Parray, who was sent back on loan to complete the season with the I-League club. Defender Alex Saji, who was bought from Gokulam itself in the summer, has been sent on loan to the struggling Highlanders. While Right-Midfielder Sweden Fernandes will be spending loan time at NEROCA, again.
Mumbai City FC
Arrivals – Ahan Prakash, Gyamar Nikum, Hardik Bhatt (loan)
Departures – None
Buckingham’s Mumbai City FC are close to perfect which could be seen in their track record this season. As of the deadline day, City have 42 points in 16 games without a loss to their name. They are just three goals away from being the first-ever ISL side to score 50 goals in an edition. All things lead to one thing, which is that they are too strong for the league and don’t need reinforcement.
This window, they have done business with I-League side Rajasthan United as they have landed Gyamar Nikum and Hardik Bhatt from the club. Hardik is on a loan till the end of the season with an option to buy – much like what they did with Chhangte last year. He mostly plays Right-Back.
Gyamar Nikum stole the show at the Durand Cup where he faced the likes of East Bengal, ATK Mohun Bagan, and Mumbai City itself. The 18-year-old has signed a contract that runs until May 2027. Ahan Prakash is another Arrows player to find an ISL club this January.