Premier League Votes to Close 2018 Summer Transfer Window Early

Arnold Nichols
September 11, 2017

The Premier League voted today to end their transfer window the Thursday before the season starts, beginning next summer.

They could promise English targets or English-based players a deal, only to then wait until the Premier League window closes, and then not end up signing the player.

The transfer window closes on the 31 of August nearly everywhere in the rest of Europe.

"The transfer window must stop when the league restarts".

Other European leagues look set to continue as normal, a fact which The Telegraph reported on Wednesday night saw the whole proposal hang in the balance as some clubs feared they will be put at a real disadvantage.

The January transfer window remains unaffected by any of these changes.

This summer's transfer window closed on August 31, more than two weeks after the start of the Premier League season, but next season it will move to 5 p.m. on the day before the first games.

There is an argument that a window that closes sooner actually encourages - or even necessitates - tapping up, something that has again become so commented upon this summer.

"Every single manager in the league would agree that it's time to kick that out before the season starts".

It's unclear why this five voted against, or avoided, it but in the case of United and City it's probably down to how long it can take to land certain players. It's not that deals start on June 1, deals for next season are already being planned now. "The transfer window is exhausting", he said recently. This staggering of transfer window closings already exists to a limited extent in Europe - the Turkish league closed September 8 and Portuguese clubs can transfer players until September 22 - and among proponents of the concept are UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and Borussia Dortmund managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke.

The 20 top-flight clubs voted on the controversial subject, with 14 votes to five in favour of the window ending before the season begins and Burnley abstaining.

"If we do it in the Premier League and the rest of Europe don't do this, still we have a problem", said Everton boss Ronald Koeman.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was allowed to play for Arsenal in their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool before moving to Anfield just days later.

For City, on the other hand, it suits a club as rich and powerful as they are to keep rival teams on their toes right to the last knockings.

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