Premier League clubs to vote on early closure of summer transfer window

Solenn Plantier
Août 15, 2017

Although transfer rumors between leagues will still crop up beyond the new deadline, the total volume of mid-August PL transfer rumors should be reduced, bringing a bit of relief to fans, managers, and players who are exhausted of the speculation-and, more importantly, some clubs will have less work to do in terms of incorporating new players into their squads and more stability for the beginning of the season.

There are few examples of smart buys in the final days and hours of a transfer window, and that would not change if the deadline was moved to early August, but clubs and managers would at least go into a new campaign knowing their squad would not be disrupted by transfers until January if the window was to close early.

Under the proposed changes, clubs would still be able to sell players to foreign clubs following the English deadline, although movement Premier League clubs would be ruled ineligible.

The window now closes on August 31, and this term that will have already seen Liverpool play five competitive fixtures, including three in the league.

The Telegraph similarly report that "almost all of the 20 clubs [are] understood to be behind the idea", with 14 votes in favour required.

'If the window is shut before the season starts we can get on with the football, ' said Clement.

However, if the transfer deadline in England is brought forward, clubs could then be at a disadvantage if they lose a player after the English deadline.

Moving the window forwards before the start of the season would allow for managers to fully concentrate on preparing their team once the season begins. I know there's talks about that changing in future.

The Aug. 31 deadline was imposed by Federation Internationale de Football Association to ensure that players could not be transferred between clubs during the Champions League and Europa League group stages.

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