FC Goa is on the verge of losing yet another player to Mumbai City FC it appears. According to a Times of India report, Mumbai City FC has agreed to pay the transfer fee to facilitate Hugo’s transfer from Goa.
Boumous took to Instagram yesterday to announce his departure from the club, he wrote, “Dear Goa, I would like to announce that my journey with @fcgoaofficial is over. It has been a hard decision to make. I’m Grateful to have represented the colours and the state of Goa across India. Thanks for all the love I received from the fans during the 2 years spending with you.” He also added that he would cherish the memories of playing for the club, and added a note of gratitude to his staff and teammates at the club.
Although it was a long time coming, given that in most of the interviews lately where he has explicitly said he would be like to leave the Goan club. But he still remains a contracted player with FC Goa till 2022, and the club immediately issued a statement announcing the same.
Now, according to a TOI report, Mumbai City FC has agreed to pay a whopping transfer fee of 1.6 crores to FC Goa to facilitate his transfer to the club. If they do pay the amount, it will be one of the highest transfer fees paid in the Indian football market.
With his sudden announcement, Khel Now reported that Boumous has complicated his move to Mumbai. The two clubs in the picture were discussing the transfer fee being paid in instalments, considering the current financial situations of the clubs as well as the high market value of the 25-year-old. But due to the unexpected posting by the player on Instagram, the Goan club is likely to ask for the transfer fee upfront rather than in instalments.
The midfielder was one of the best players in the ISL last season, notching up 11 goals and 10 assists. His prolific display saw FC Goa top the table, and they were the first-ever League shield winners. Despite falling short of the ISL title, winning the league made them the first club to get a direct entry into the AFC Champions League group stages.
Boumous now joins a long list of players who will be moving to Mumbai from Goa this season. If the transfer occurs, he will join Mandar Rao Dessai and most likely Ahmed Jahouh and Mourtada Fall at Mumbai City FC, under former coach Sergio Lobera.