Newly added Indian Super League outfit Bengaluru FC's former midfielders Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Lenny Rodrigues are listed amongst the most expensive medios in the Indian Super League (ISL) Season 4 draft, Goal can confirm.
30-year-old Lyngdoh was not retained by The Blues in the first place and later, the Shillong-born player was involved in negotiations with FC Pune City. However, the two parties ultimately failed to agree on a deal which meant that the Indian international would enter the ISL draft, making him the most expensive player alongside centre-back Anas Edathodika. Also, Eugeneson is the only midfielder valued in crores.
Second on the list of most expensive midfielers is yet another ex-Bengaluru FC custodian- Lenny Rodrigues. The Goa-born midfielder joined the JSW outfit in 2016 on loan from his Indian Super League side FC Pune City. His loan period ended on June 30 this year and the 30-year-old will now look to start a new phase through the draft as the second most expensive midfielder.
As many as eight midfielders including the likes of Thoi Singh, Bikash Jairu and Mehtab Hossain are valued above ₹50 lakhs. I-League winner with Aizawl FC, Jayesh Rane also features on the list, with his price set at ₹49 lakhs for the season. However, Pronay Halder, aged 24 and valued at ₹58 lakhs becomes the youngest player in the list of costliest midfielders.
Each ISL team is expected to have at least 15 Indian players in their squads following the draft which is slated to be held on Sunday, 23rd July at Mumbai. A total of 199 players in all have signed up for the draft for season four of the ISL.
Here are the top 10 midfielders and their contract values (age in brackets):
- Eugeneson Lyngdoh (30) - ₹1.10 crores
Lenny Rodrigues (30) - ₹60 lakhs
Pronay Halder (24) - ₹58 lakhs
Thoi Singh (26) - ₹57 lakhs
Bikash Jairu (26) - ₹55 lakhs
Jackichand Singh (25) - ₹55 lakhs
Bikramjit Singh (24) - ₹53 lakhs
Seityasen Singh (25) - ₹50 lakhs
Romeo Fernandes (25) - ₹50 lakhs
Mehtab Hossain (32) - ₹50 lakhs
Jayesh Rane (24)- ₹49 lakhs