Premier League outfit Johor have made their mark in the transfer market with the signings of three national players: Aidil Zafuan, Zaquan Adha and Azmi Muslim.
ATM coach B. Sathianathan admitted defeat in trying to match Johor's lucrative offer for the three players.
"We thought we were the ‘Manchester City of Malaysia’ … but it appears there is a bigger Manchester City out there. We would have kept them with us but we could not match what the other team is offering them,” Sathianathan told The Star.
Johor FA have been revamped under the presidency of the Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, who has set out to bring back the glory days to Johor football.
Johor’s last notable success in Malaysian football came 14 years ago in 1998, when they won the Malaysian FA Cup.
These three signings will not signal the end of Johor's transfer activities with the likes of Kelantan duo Daudsu Jamaluddin and Nurshahrul Idlan Talaha rumored to be on the brink of joining the Southern Tigers.