Sumit Rathi in talks with NorthEast United FC.

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ATK Mohun Bagan keen to sell Sumit Rathi the 19-year-old center back for Apuia from NorthEast United FC on a swap deal. The youngster have been playing for ATK Mohun Bagan since 2018-19 and have a total of 24 appearances.

Rathi started his career at AIFF Academy, later join Indian Arrows who play in the I-League for the 2017-18 season. Sumit then joined the ATK reserves team for the 2018-19 season. Where he made 10 appearances for the team. When Sumit was called up to the senior team for the 2019-20 season.

Sumit got the hero of the match award in his first appearance. The match was against Mumbai City FC in the 11th round of the season. This performance impressed Antonio Habas, the young lead then made 14 appearances for the club. Then later after helping the team to win their 3rd ISL trophy, Sumit were awarded as the “emerging player of the year” 2019-20.

Looking at his promising gameplay Sumit got a 5-year-deal with Mohun Bagan keeping him till 2025. But, looks like Mohun Bagan are in need of a young midfielder, which Apuia can fulfill. Apuia is a 20-year-old midfielder who comes from Mizoram and plays for Northeast United. He joined Northeast United in 2019 and is a regular member of the team since then.

What exactly the deal is which ATK Mohun Bagan is offering?

According to the sources Mohun Bagan wants to sign Apuia form Northeast United on a swap deal. They are ready to offer Sumit Rathi and reasonable transfer fee along with the player in exchange. Apuia is one of the brightest talents in the league, so is Sumit.

This deal is a win-win situation for both teams as both teams would be benefited. But, It depends on the Northeast also. However, if Apuia joins Mohun Bagan the fans of Northeast won’t be happy as Apuia is one of the most loved payers in Northeast United’s team. Concerns about there game time would also rise, as there are already experienced players in both teams.

The deal is still far from done and it would be interesting to see what both the teams would decide.

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