Premier League clubs vote to close transfer window before season starts

Premier League clubs have kept their promise of voting in favour of closing the summer transfer window early

The 2018-19 window will close on Thursday August 9, two days before the league campaign - but only applies to buying players.

Supporters of the shortened window have cited managers' complaints that the deadline arrive weeks after the season has begun disrupts squad planning and cohesion.

That could create some big issues if a player was to leave the Premier League for a big club in Europe after the deadline, as the former club could not replace them.

Supporters of the plan are said to be confident of achieving the 14 votes required to force the change, which would likely lead to the Football League following suit.

The change means that in theory clubs will have a far more level playing field going into the season and far fewer unhappy players.

"Clubs have discussed this topic at length at previous shareholders' meetings (February 2017 and June 2017) prior to today's vote". "They can't make you do anything", the Stoke chairman added.




It would appear to hand an advantage to clubs in other European countries, as they will be able to still buy players from the Premier League and other leagues up to the end of August.

Premier League teams will now have three weeks less next summer to conduct their business. Five clubs apparently voted against the move and one abstained.

Deadline Day as we know it is about to drastically change from next summer.

Club bosses are set to vote this week on a proposal to close the window early, a move that would leave it out of line with the standard Federation Internationale de Football Association dates.

"It was a concern but I wouldn't say it was a real pathological anger about that, it was just one of the concerns that they felt, on balance, meant they couldn't support it".

"I think what was interesting this year was the resolve of the clubs".

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