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ISL clubs spend Rs 7.22 crore in first-ever player auction

MUMBAI: Indian football team captain Sunil Chhetri bagged the highest offer of Rs 1.20 crore (Rs 12 million) at the first-ever Indian Super League (ISL) players’ auction. He will be playing for Mumbai City FC.

Eugeneson Lyngdoh, the 28-year-old midfielder, came a close second by breaking through the Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million) ceiling, winning a bid price of Rs 1.05 crore (Rs 10.5 million) and being successfully bought over by FC Pune City.

Rino Anto, India’s best rightback, turned out to be the dark horse of the ISL. He bagged a surprise bid price of Rs 90 lakh (Rs 9 million) when he was picked up by Atletico de Kolkata.

Charles Ross was in total rhythm for Rino’s bid bringing up the amount to Rs 90 lakh (Rs 9 million) from the base price of Rs 17.50 lakh (Rs 1.75 million).

Chennaiyin FC grabbed a sweet deal with Karanjit Singh, the only available goal keeper at the auction, for his base price of Rs 60 lakh (Rs 6 million).

Chennaiyin FC also bid successfully for Thoi Singh, the 24-year-old talented midfielder, for Rs 86 lakh (Rs 8.6 million).

Details of the players and auction bid price is as below:

Sr NoPlayerBuying TeamBase PriceAuction Fee
1Sunil ChhetriMumbai City FCRs. 80 LakhsRs. 1.20 Crore
2Eugeneson LyngdohFC Pune CityRs. 27.50 LakhsRs. 1.05 Crore
3Rino AntoAtletico de KolkataRs. 17.50 LakhsRs. 90 Lakh
4Thoi SinghChenaiyin FCRs. 39 LakhsRs. 86 Lakhs
5Arata IzumiAtletico de KolkataRs. 40 LakhsRs. 68 lakhs
6Karanjit SinghChennaiyin FCRs. 60 LakhsRs 60 Lakhs
7Seityasen SinghNorthEast United FCRs. 20 lakhsRs 56 Lakhs
8Robin SinghDelhi Dynamos FCRs. 40 LakhsRs. 51 lakhs
9Jackichand SinghFC Pune CityRs. 20 LakhsRs. 45 Lakhs
10Anas EdathodikaDelhi Dynamos FCRs. 40 LakhsRs. 41 lakhs

The ISL players’ auction saw the eight franchises battle it out for 10 of India’s finest players in Mumbai earlier today.

Ten players, who have featured for the Indian national team but were not part of the ISL’s inaugural season, went under the hammer for the eight teams in the first-of-a-kind auction.

UK-based Charlie Ross began the auction proceedings by making clear the rules of the process. What followed next was a test of business skills and a fight between the franchises to pick the players of their choice.