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Rumour: Delhi Dynamos on the verge of signing John Arne Riise and Anders Svensson

Faizan Qadiri
852   //    21 Aug 2015, 17:10 IST
Delhi will be hoping Riise can land them some silverware as well

According to Goal, Delhi Dynamos have agreed terms with former Liverpool star John Arne Riise for the second edition of the Indian Super League. Riise, 34, was last seen playing for Cypriot super power APOEL, where he won the league and Cup double last season.

The former Liverpool defender was linked with Kerala Blasters with head coach Peter Taylor confirming that the player had been approached by the club stating, ”We’ve shown a strong interest in John. We would love him to come and join us. I don’t think it’s sorted out yet.”

But it now seems Delhi are in pole position to hijack the deal. Riise’s wife, Louise had indicated in her blog that the Norwegian was on his way to India in her blog that read, “John Arne has now decided, and the choice is India. We look forward to two exciting years with new challenges and a new culture. India is a fairly new league which is on the rise. He wants to use his experience so that the league can be even greater.” It looks likely that he will make the trip to India, but he seems to have picked North India over the South Indian team. 

Riise was an important part of the Liverpool team that won the UEFA Champions League in 2005 and  the FA Cup in 2006. He later moved to Italy with Roma before returning to England with London-based Fulham. Along with his club exploits, Riise holds the record as the most-capped football player In Norwegian history with 110 caps.

Anders Svensson negotiations at an advanced stage as well

Along with Riise, the club are in advanced talks with former Sweden captain Anders Svensson. Svensson, 39, has played most of his football in his native Sweden with Elfsborg with a four-year spell away at Southampton in the early parts of the millennium. He has accumulated 148 caps for Sweden in 14 years for the National side.

Delhi are trying to offer new head coach Roberto Carlos options to choose from for his first season with the club. Delhi, who missed out on the semi-finals in the inaugural edition of the ISL, have spent a lot of money to make sure that they are able to get to the knock-outs this season. 

Having signed up Robin Singh in the ISL auction Anas Edathodika and Robin Singh for a joint amount of Rs. 81 lakhs, they acquired Naoba Singh and Sehnaj Singh in the ISL draft. The spending did not stop there as they announced the signing of experienced Brazillian defender Chicao this week. 

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