The transfer window is open!
Despite the season not even yet being over – with the FA Cup and Champions League Final’s still to play, teams throughout England can now buy and sell players.
This is due to Premier League clubs voting to close the own window at 5pm on Thursday August 9, two days before the first match of the 2018/19 season.
Fifa rules dictate the window must be open for 12 weeks which has meant the date clubs can start to sign players has also been brought forward.
In a move designed to end disruption and allow clubs to focus on their football, Premier League clubs have agreed to close the summer transfer window before the start of the 2018-19 season.
The change came after a number of Premier League managers and club officials complained about the negative impact of transfer uncertainty and speculation on their players. Diego Costa, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil van Dijk were just four of a list of players who did not play for their clubs as they pursued exits.
14 Premier League clubs voted for the window to shut before the season starts, starting this season.
EFL clubs have followed the Premier League’s example by bringing their transfer deadline forward but with foreign leagues’ deadlines expected to be on August 31, we are in line for two transfer deadlines next summer.
This means there will be two transfer Deadline Days in August, with the Premier League and EFL windows shutting before the other major leagues around Europe.
The transfer windows in Spain, France, Germany and Italy are all expected to open in early June.
As usual, the deadlines are expected to fall on August 31, with Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga showing no signs of following the Premier League’s lead.
Premier League clubs will no longer be able to make signings when the season gets underway, but the change does not apply to other leagues, meaning Premier League players will still be able to move abroad.
That means transfer sagas such as Barcelona’s pursuit of Coutinho last summer could still drag on into the season, creating the same kind of unwanted distractions for Premier League bosses.
However, Premier League clubs will be in a position to charge a premium from foreign clubs after the early deadline has passed, but they will be unable to reinvest their earnings until the January window.
Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore told Sky Sports News…
“There was a big concern that the Premier League has been playing two or three match rounds with a degree of uncertainty between themselves.
The Premier League’s chief executive Richard Scudamore outlines the changes to the summer transfer window after 14 clubs voted for deadline day to be before the season started
“It wasn’t unanimous but nobody was pathologically angry about the situation. But there were some concerns by some clubs that, although they wouldn’t be able to buy any more players, their players could still be picked off by those who haven’t closed their windows. It just meant they couldn’t support it.
“We did have managers’ meetings before the season started. The managers are very strong on it. Almost all of them were in favour of shutting it earlier. The clubs just think it’s wrong that, going into the first game of the season, they could be playing against a player that, a few weeks later, could be playing for a different club.”
EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said: “After discussing the options throughout the course of the last few months, I’m pleased that the matter has been determined by Clubs ahead of the start of next season.
“This new approach will give Clubs and managers the stability they crave earlier in the season whilst also providing the flexibility to add to their squads after the traditional deadline until the end of month if required.”