Premier League to close transfer window before 2018 season start

Premier League

The transfer window in Europe's other major leagues runs until August 31, meaning clubs outside England could buy players from English top-flight teams after the new Premier League deadline.

"So, in other words, when we get to transfer day shouldn't we really have the players bought in, the players we're going to have for the whole season, so I think that's why they've done it". So Premier League clubs could still sell players to lower league clubs.

The announcement came after a proposal to change the transfer window was considered in a shareholders' meeting on September 7.

English Premier League clubs took spending to new, ludicrous, eye-rolling heights this summer.

The vote comes after complaints from managers that transfer activity disrupts their preparation once the season is underway. "It just meant they couldn't support it".


The 3pm Prem fixtures look tough to call on Saturday and I've even got some doubts about Arsenal's straight forward-looking home match with Bournemouth after their 4-0 bashing at Liverpool and well-documented disastrous transfer window. It will only affect Premier League clubs signing players - they can still sell players to other leagues. And that's that the Premier League are taking the step unilaterally.

Whilst the agreement offers a significant number of long-term benefits, these are restricted exclusively to Premier League clubs without affecting the rest of Europe, hence creating a situation in which European super-clubs can benefit.

That could create some big issues if a player was to leave the Premier League for a big club in Europe after the deadline, as the former club could not replace them.

The Premier League's move was announced following a meeting of club officials and is not believed to have been agreed unanimously.

Intriguingly, United manager Jose Mourinho, City boss Pep Guardiola and Swansea chief Paul Clement all spoke out in favour of closing the transfer window before the season started, but it appears that their paymasters did not back up those sentiments. Will they be tapped up on the afternoon of a game? I don't, however, think this will be a huge problem, for a couple reasons.

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