Bengaluru FC stars Sunil Chhetri and Eugeneson Lyngdoh crossed the one-crore mark in the Indian Super League auction earlier today, when they were picked up by Mumbai City FC and FC Pune City for Rs. 1.20 crore and Rs. 1.05 crore, respectively. The two players were part of a cluster of 10 players auctioned for the second season of the tournament, having not featured in the first edition last year. A total of Rs. 7.22 crore was spent during the auction.
Highlights of the auction
The services of 2014-15 Hero I-League player of the season, Jackichand Singh, were put up for bidding at the start of the auction. He was snapped up for a relatively underwhelming Rs. 45 lakh by FC Pune City. His teammate at I-League club Royal Wahingdoh, Seityasen Singh, was signed by NorthEast United FC for Rs. 56 lakh.
Salgaocar goalkeeper Karanjit Singh invited one single bid, when Chennaiyin FC matched his Rs. 60 lakh base price, whereas Pune FC duo Arata Izumi (Rs. 68 lakh) and Anas Edathodika (Rs. 41 lakh) were signed by Atletico de Kolkata and Delhi Dynamos, respectively. Three other Bengaluru players, Thoi Singh (Rs. 86 lakh), Rino Anto (Rs. 90 lakh) and Robin Singh (Rs. 51 lakh) were snapped up by Chennaiyin FC, Atletico de Kolkata and Delhi Dynamos, respectively.
Domestic players' draft
Meanwhile, 40 other players were signed by the eight franchises via the domestic players' drafts. The drafts were held following the auction in Mumbai. Some of the major draft picks include Brandon Fernandes to Mumbai City, Thongkhosiem Haokip to FC Goa, and Debjit Majumder to Mumbai City. A total of Rs. 5.31 crore was spent by the franchises in the players' draft.