Next year’s summer transfer window will close BEFORE the start of the new season, in a vote agreed by Premier League bosses today.
As a result, all deals next season will have to be sealed by the 5pm on the Thursday before the opening game of the new campaign.
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However, the decision was reportedly not unanimous and will only impact teams in the Premier League – so the length of the window in the Football League will not change.
Changing this aspect of the summer window has been a hot-topic for some time, with many managers unhappy with transfer business continuing three weeks into the new Premier League season, often causing rifts between players and clubs.
This summer was particularly frustrating, with a number of players linked with moves between top-flight clubs as the opening games were played, including the likes of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk and Everton’s Ross Barkley.
This decision may go some way to putting an end to many of those wonderful transfer sagas we’ve become accustomed to every year, which typically drag out until the early stages of the new season.
However, the proposed changes could potentially put English clubs at a disadvantage compared to their European rivals, as clubs across Europe will remain active in the transfer market for up to three weeks after the Premier League window closes.
So, transfer sagas such as Barcelona’s pursuit of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho would be unaffected, for example.
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