Premier League transfer window to close before season

Hope Soto
September 11, 2017

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

Premier League clubs on Thursday backed a rule amendment that will see the summer window end at 17:00 local time on Thursday before the start of the season.

The five who voted against were Manchester City, Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea City.

The English Football League is also understood to be keen on closing the window before future seasons start and EFL chairman Shaun Harvey said on Tuesday that the league will vote on it at a meeting on September 21.

However, clubs in Spain, Germany, Italy and France, can still buy players until August 31.

It is not an original observation that the circus of soccer's transfer window has come, in some ways, to overshadow the start of the playing season itself.

There is an argument that a window that closes sooner actually encourages - or even necessitates - tapping up, something that has again become so commented upon this summer.

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Scudamore does not feel Premier League clubs will now be disadvantaged in the transfer market, pointing to strong stances held in the most recent window.

Of the 20 premier league clubs, 14 agreed to the change, five voted against and one abstained.

Foreign clubs are now in a position of power, able to swoop in and activate a break clause in a player's contract when the Premier League outfit is effectively rendered helpless, with no way of replacing the player until months down the line. "I think most managers would say the same". For me, if this period is shorter it is better.

The move has been discussed in England for some weeks, with several top flight bosses complaining that transfer battles, such as Alexis Sanchez' proposed move to Manchester City and Coutinho's mooted transfer to Barcelona disrupt their preparations.

The changes to the transfer window have been talked about as much overseas as in England over the past few years. Should other European leagues follow suit?

"What is certain is that it's good that everyone has the same date", he said.

UNITED and Manchester City led the charge against the Premier League's revolutionary idea to close the summer transfer window early.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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