La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have submitted a bid for the Kolkata franchise of the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) along with former Indian skipper Sourav GangulyThe Times of India has reported.

It is however learnt that the Spanish league table toppers picked up the bid document separately as did Ganguly. Atletico, after studying the bid and expressing their interest in the league, decided to approach Ganguly to form a consortium to which the former cricketer agreed.

Sources have confirmed that both the prospective bidders – Ganguly and Atletico – were aware of what each party could bring to the table and were more than happy to submit a joint bid for the Kolkata franchise.

Meanwhile, actor John Abraham, who has already invested in the Delhi Waveriders in the Indian Hockey League, has joined forces with I-League football club Shilling Lajong to bid for the Guwahati franchise.

Unconfirmed news doing the rounds is that former Indian football superstar Baichung Bhutia, who is all set to contest the general elections from Darjeeling in West Bengal, is also learnt to be partnering Abraham and Lajong.

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar is also said to have shown interest in the Kochi franchise and is said to be teaming up with Prasad Potluri-owned PVP ventures to launch a bid for the Kerala city.

Friday was the last day for all those parties to submit their respective bids to buy an ISL franchise and a total of 30 bid documents were sold. However, some interested parties including Ganguly and Atletico decided to get together and form a consortium.

The ‘Badshah of Bollywood’ Shah Rukh Khan, who was all set to take on Sourav Ganguly in a bidding war for the Kolkata franchise, has decided to play a safer card and bid for the Delhi franchise instead, sources have reported.


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