Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

The Premier League transfer window will now close before the season begins

The Premier League transfer window will now close before the season begins

Premier League clubs have voted for a major change in the English transfer window.

Representatives from every club in the English top flight attended a meeting on September 7, with the early closure of the summer window on the agenda.

After much discussion about the relative pros and cons of the strategy, Premier League teams have reached an agreement today that, starting next year, the league's summer transfer window will close the day before the season starts. But if a club like Barcelona or Real Madrid or Juventus or Bayern Munich comes to unsettle a player, today's change won't stop them being able to buy them until at least August 31st.

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. Players like defender Virgil van Dijk, who handed in a transfer request at Southampton but wasn't allowed to leave and is only now preparing to start his season this weekend.

Have Premier League clubs, therefore, taken the right decision? He also claimed the majority of managers were behind changing the dates.

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said: "There was a big concern that the Premier League has been playing two or three match rounds with a degree of uncertainty between themselves".

"I don't think they can pick anyone off because you can't pick anyone off if you don't want to sell".

STATEMENT: Here's the Premier League announcement on summer transfer windows.

"The ideal situation would be to have a transfer period that is closed 48 hours before the first game of the championship and to close it completely until the season after".

It was one of the most hectic summers ever seen, with huge sums of money being exchanged around the world.

"I think what was interesting this year was the resolve of the clubs".

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