Premier League set to change date of transfer deadline

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However, the disruption caused by the continuation of the transfer window beyond the start of the season has become so great, and started to affect so many teams, the feeling that something has to be done has begun to take hold.

The current window, in line with many other European leagues, closes on 31 August, nearly three weeks after the start of the Premier League season.

However, this doesn't seem to be sufficient anymore for clubs and reports on Monday evening suggest that there are plans in place to adjust the transfer window for the Premier League to close once the season starts.

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. United don't want a situation where there is almost a month when European clubs can sign players and English clubs cannot.




The proposal is that the deadline to sign players will next year be brought forward to the week before the season is set to get underway and that only a small handful of clubs are still against the idea - Watford being one of those. The majority of clubs are in favour but maybe all of us have to be for it to go through. They certainly aren't the only sides with protracted deals this summer either.

This summer's window closes at 11 p.m. BST on August 31, but with that date falling during the first round of World Cup qualifiers, it already feels like an artificial deadline. Would they allow them to leave camp for negotiations or a medical, hours before a World Cup qualifier? On this basis we will be tabling the matter for discussion with Clubs in September.

"Agents would have to start finalising transfer deals even sooner, ending the short lull in the market that exists now as players and clubs alike assess the market", he says.

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