Apuia - A distant dream, or reality?

As the transfer market is opening in a month, the Giants of Indian football are busy to strengthen their respective teams. The current Indian champions Mohun Bagan are no different.

As MBFT exclusively broke the news, Mohun Bagan has already finalised the signature of Aussie Superstar Jamie Maclaren. Now, as per sources, Mohun Bagan are eyeing to bolster the Midfield ranks as the club is supposed to let go midfield duo Glan Martins and Hnamte.

MBFT understands, Mohun Bagan were scouting Jeakson Singh for few years now, but, since 2021, Lalengmawia 'Apuia' Ralte has been the dream for the Bagan recruiters. Recently, from unverified sources, it has been reported, Apuia has a secret release clause in his MCFC contract starting from this season, which can be triggered by any Indian side if the player agrees to join them.

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As RevSportz exclusively revealed, East Bengal FC sent an offer to the player, but, now, as per MBFT sources, Mohun Bagan have asked Apuia's representatives for the details for a potential deal. Though, a formal offer is yet to be submitted. Contrary to reports in multiple local outlets, MBFT understands, Mohun Bagan are just exploring the possibility in this market and they have not decided yet.

Mohun Bagan saw the emergence of Abhishek Suryavanshi last season and the management rates the young mumbaikar very highly. Many in the Bagan fanbase finds similarity between Apuia and Abhishek and many believe Abhishek has a higher ceiling than the Mizo sensation. 

Though it's debatable, MBFT understands, management are just exploring the possibilities of this signature, as they believe Apuia and Abhishek can pair together and solidify the Bagan midfield, and, they are ready to go with a full Indian Midfield in the domestic circuit if required.

As per multiple sources, Apuia has a release clause in his contract which is around 2.5cr, and, Mohun Bagan feels that's a bargain for a quality player like Apuia.

But, a club source has informed MBFT, the Apuia signing is just a possibility, but it's not Imminent at this stage. The management rates Apuia very highly, and , it's a Dream signing for the Mohun Bagan thinktank, but, it's not a done deal yet and Bagan faithfuls have to wait to see how the deal progresses. The management believes Apuia's preference would be staying at Mumbai as he is a regular starter for the Islanders, but, Mohun Bagan can tempt anybody to join them, and only future can tell if Apuia will become a Mariner.

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