Apuia had received an offer from Japanese giants Tokyo FC as per Japanese sources. The 20-year-old wonderkid has been reportedly chased by big clubs in India and now, the J-League giants are interested in him!
It could be one of the biggest achievements in Indian football if the youngster manages to sign for the Japanese club. Currently, Mumbai City is the other club that is also looking to sign him for record money.
As per Indian journalist Marcus Mergulhao, the Northeast United youngster is en route to sign for Sergio Lobera’s side. But, will this transfer to Japan be a turning point for Indian footballers?
FC Tokyo willing to sign Apuia and what this means to Indian football!
Olympics in Japan has shown many Indians making proud of themselves and our country. But wait, there’s something more – Apuia moving to Tokyo?
Lalengmawia Ralte, commonly known as Apuia, joined the Highlanders from Indian football developmental squad Indian Arrows in 2019. He created history by becoming the youngest captain ever for an Indian club aged just 20 years!
The defensive midfielder made 32 appearances for them and has scored one goal. He even made his debut for the Indian national team in the World Cup qualifiers this year.
After an impressive season for the Bhut Jolokia, he attracted clubs such as Double winners Mumbai City and 3-time ISL winners ATK Mohun Bagan. However, the biggest offer came from an outsider club – FC Tokyo!
However as per senior Indian journalist Marcus, his current club have agreed for a transfer with Mumbai City FC. Additionally, none of the Indian journalists have confirmed FC Tokyo’s interest in the youngster.
Sandhesh Jhingan has also received offers from Europe including Croatia, Austria and Greece as per Mergulhao. It would be a great moment for Indian football if Apuia and Jhingan seek to play outside India. Earlier Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Dheeraj Singh were the ones who had played in Europe.
Will Mumbai City sign him for a record transfer money or will we see Apuia playing in Japan next season?
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