Premier League Summer Transfer Window to Close Before Start of Next Season?

Aug 16, 2017, 15:27
Premier League Summer Transfer Window to Close Before Start of Next Season?

Albion agree with plans for the summer transfer window to close for Premier League clubs before the start of next season.

It is believed more than two-thirds of the 20 clubs are in agreement for the close season transfer window to shut a week before the campaign gets underway and not, as is the current case, on August 31, a fortnight after it begins.

"At our managers' meeting at the Premier League last week, we spoke about it".

Manchester City are expected to vote in favour of proposals to close the transfer window, sources have told ESPN FC.

A number of potentially high-profile deals are still hanging in the air, with Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho courted by Barcelona, Everton looking to sell Ross Barkley and buy Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson.

"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.

"There's frustration here and I'm sure Southampton are frustrated too", he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail, referring to uncertainty over the future of Saints centre-back Virgil van Dijk. "That's my opinion that it should do", he added.

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However, clubs from other European leagues could sign players from England in line with their own domestic deadlines.

But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would still have to fight to keep Philippe Coutinho out of Barcelona's clutches until 11 p.m. on August 31 unless clubs in La Liga were to follow suit and impose their own preseason transfer deadline.

"It makes sense that when the season is starting, planning for the team is over".

The January transfer window, however, would not be affected by the proposed changes.

Sources indicate that the "majority" of top-flight clubs now favour an earlier closure, and the issue could be voted on during their next shareholders' meeting in September.

But chief executive Paul Barber has warned the Premier League's "big six" could be at a disadvantage unless the rest of Europe follows suit.

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