Premier League transfer window to close prior to start of season

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Like this year, for the past 15 years, the summer window closed on August 31st (or thereabouts depending on any holidays), but starting next year, it will close on the Thursday before the start of the season.

This season's transfer deadline saw multiple players move after the start of the season, including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal to Liverpool and Bayern Munich loaning Renato Sanches to Swansea.

"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".

This summer's window - in the United Kingdom, at least, notwithstanding the landmark €222 million transfer of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain - has arguably been dominated as much by transfers that didn't happen as those that did. Borussia Monechengladbach director of sport Max Eberl said, "The current regulations aren't just a distortion of the competition but also cheat the fan who buys the shirt of a player who might play for another club by the end of August".

Dortmund were forced into a late reaction in the transfer market this summer following Ousmane Dembele's €105 million transfer to Barcelona.

It's a long way away yet but expect signings to get over the line that bit earlier next summer with nearly a month chopped off the regular summer window.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the Premier League vote, which took place in a London hotel, was supported by 14 clubs. From next season, the new deadline will be 17:00 BST on the Thursday before the start of the Premier League campaign. At least until the winter transfer window in January. For me, if this period is shorter it is better. English teams would still be able to sell players to other leagues with later deadlines but would not be able to bring in players under contract.

"There is a big concern that the Premier League has been playing two or three match rounds with a degree of uncertainty between themselves - I think that's the biggest reason", he said.

European clubs will still be able to poach targets after that date but there is hope they will soon follow suit and safeguard their talent.

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

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.

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