"We will have the international players draft next month and 49 players would feature in that draft. Teams were given the option to sign players themselves and seven international players have directly been signed by teams," IMG-R global football vice-president Andy Knee told reporters here today ahead of the Indian player draft.

"That leaves 49 players that we are sorting centrally. We are currently in that process of sorting those players, so we will finalise that in mid-August," he said.

"Some of you know the realities of the transfer as governed by FIFA and we would have loved to have all the drafts together at one time. Frankly, with the international players, the later you wait into the transfer window the better quality you get," he said.

"We are sourcing at the moment in South America, Europe, and recently we have reached agreements with some of the players coming out of Colombia and Brazil. We are making some good progress there. We hope to bring a lot of international quality players to play alongside the domestic quality players," he added.

North East United, FC Pune City and Delhi Dynamos have signed two international players each, while Atletico de Kolkata and Team Pune have roped in one international player apiece.

The Pune team has signed up Italian Franco Colomba as their coach, and said they could see a lot more Italian players as they have a technical tie-up with Italian Club Fiorentina.

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