Amid the Coronavirus crisis newly merged team ATK, who are three-time champions have approached the Indian Super League (ISL) with a
bold proposal to remove the salary cap of Rs 16.5 crore per team per season.
FSDL, which organizes the country's top football
league, received the suggestion during a meeting with the 10 competing clubs
about a month back when it had asked for feedback regarding foreign players'
participation in the 2020-21 season and future editions.
Salary cap is the maximum overall expenditure that can be
incurred by a club for the inclusion of a player in the squad and it includes
annual salary, bonuses, and signing-on fee.
Mumbai City FC, now backed by English Premier League giants
Manchester City's City Group, are also of the same opinion and have supported
ATK's proposal, well-placed sources in the Indian football fraternity said.
"This was proposed during FSDL's meeting with the clubs
a month ago and removal of price cap is a suggestion the ISL will be studying.
It is too early for ISL to adopt no salary cap but this can be done in the near
future," a source close to the ISL told PTI.
"Not only that, ATK also had support from Mumbai City
FC, which is backed by the same group as Manchester City," the source
Mumbai City FC are willing to pay Rs 1.6 crore transfer fee
for FC Goa star Hugo Boumous before the upcoming season comes calling.
The French-Moroccan attacking midfielder was one of the best
players in the competition last season and scored 11 goals and assisted 10.
When contacted, the Kolkata-based team, rechristened
ATK-Mohun Bagan after the tie-up with the iconic 131-year-old club, was not
While chief executive officer Raghu Iyer called it
incorrect, another official of the franchise said they will "abide by the
ISL rules and regulations as part of the league".