Delhi Dynamos made the Indian football fans more than happy when they announced the name of the former Brazilian footballer Roberto Carlos as their marquee player cum manager earlier this month. The franchise is definitely banking on Carlos and his free-kicks.
As a result, they not only roped in an international player but also saved a lot of money. Now they do not have to look for a coach for managing the team. The Delhi fans might not get to see Carlos sweating out on the field for the entire season.
Carlos was bought by the Delhi franchise for approximately Rs 3.5 crore. Now Delhi will have the pouch of Rs 15.5 crore to sign international players.
According to reports in the Times of India, Delhi are closing in on signing former France and Chelsea player Florent Malouda for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL). If the franchise manages to sign Malouda, then it will be the fourth international signing as Delhi has retained midfielders Hans Mulder and Gustavo dos Santos from last season. Reports suggest that they would want to buy some more players for the second edition of ISL.
The Brazilian left back might just spend more time off the field than on it as ISL fixture has more than 50 games to be played over a span of two months and a little more. He might just play the role what Marco Materazzi played last year for the Chennaiyin FC.
The franchise management will be looking forward to use the Brazilian star player as a part of their marketing and promotional activities to give a boost to the ticket and jersey sales unlike last year. Delhi had the second lowest attendance figures in the inaugural edition of ISL.