Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

English Premier League to switch to shorter transfer window

English Premier League to switch to shorter transfer window

The vote was not unanimous and clubs will still be able to sell players until the end of the normal window.

Concerns have been expressed that Premier League clubs will now be undermined by top European clubs trying to sign their players until the end of August, yet it is clear that most managers are happy to finalise their first team squad before a ball is kicked in the season.

For clubs like Arsenal, who lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and were unable to replace him, and who came perilously close to losing Alexis Sanchez, then it's a no-brainer to have the window close earlier.

"They all fully understand that this is about buying, you can only stop people from signing, you can't stop people selling if other leagues have a different window". So it's not impossible to gurantee that a player like Philippe Coutinho would leave for Spain during the time when the Premier League window is shut but other league's windows are open. This also avoids the silly "mystery injury" spectacles when players are still angling for transfers after the season has started.

"The first transfer window in which this applies will be the summer transfer window in 2018 and it will close on 1700 on Thursday Aug 9, 2018".

In many ways it is a fearless move by England's top tier, perhaps made in the belief the rest of the European elite will soon follow suit - because until then the predominant risk is clubs will be hostage to interest in their talent from overseas after the domestic window is shut. "I believe it's important that we change that and close all that stuff before the championship starts", he said.

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"From my point of view, it would be of an elementary advantage to cut the transfer window short", Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said. It means the 2018 window will close at 5pm on the Thursday before start of season. "Honestly the transfer window is too long and it causes problems for Coaches who are already playing official matches", Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli told Premium Sport.

Well, several clubs had complained about the disruptcy caused due to the transfer sagas which continue well after the season starts, which turns out to be hard both for the players and for the managers.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has also given his support to making the close-season player trading period, introduced by world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2002, shorter. The Blues boss is certainly correct, and Italy could indeed follow suit with a number of Serie A bosses having spoken out in favour of the change.

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

"No one is happy with the situation, so this is a very good idea", the Italian said at a press conference in Munich.

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