Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Premier League votes to close transfer window before kick-off

Premier League votes to close transfer window before kick-off

Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah shows off his skills after signing for Liverpool.

Starting from 2018/19 the window for buying players will now close at 17.00 on the Thursday before the start of season.

It had previously been widely reported that the majority of clubs were in favour of the move, though some raised concerns about closing the window much earlier than other European leagues.

Today could mark a significant day in not just Premier League football, but also throughout the game in Europe and further overseas as well.

The Premier League's chairman, Richard Scudamore, pointed out that the issue over the transfer window closure has been a subject of fierce debate every year since it was introduced in 2002 in an attempt to regulate player and agent power.

The announcement came after a proposal to change the transfer window was considered in a shareholders' meeting on September 7.

The summer transfer window will now shut at 5pm on the Thursday before the first game of the season, with the change affecting only incoming signings.

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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.

The decision followed weeks of debate about the uncertainty caused to managers and players by three weeks of transfer activity and speculation at the start of a new campaign. Juventus CEO Giuseppe Marotta says Serie A's 20 clubs are in agreement to set the end of the transfer window on July 31. Should other European leagues follow suit? Burnley abstained from voting.

The summer transfer window was one the craziest we have ever seen.

The Premier League's move was announced following a meeting of club officials and is not believed to have been agreed unanimously.

Watzke added: "The transfer period's just too long".

"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.

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.

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