Premier League to approve changes to summer transfer window

The EFL Board and its Clubs have previously expressed the opinion that closing the summer transfer window in advance of the season commencing would be an improvement on the current position.

The proposed deadline reportedly will only apply to incoming transfers, with Premier League clubs still permitted to sell players overseas after the season starts.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman publicly advocated for moving the transfer deadline over the weekend and there is believed to be broad support for the idea, although Watford are one club known to oppose it. The majority of clubs are in favour but maybe all of us have to be for it to go through. "If Liverpool were faced with a similar situation to the one they now have with Philippe Coutinho after the domestic window had closed, they would not be able to reinvest the transfer funds and bring in reinforcements", it says.

But unless the rest follow suit, the Premier League could be leaving itself exposed to losing its best players to wealthy foreign clubs free to spend until the final hours of their own deadline.

According to Times UK, the league is in the move to approve changes that will see the transfer window end before the start of the season.

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The England global has entered the final 12 months of his current Arsenal deal to prompt speculation about his long-term future. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has put an end to speculation surrounding the future of winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Arsenal are expected to back the proposal, with Arsene Wenger having repeatedly said in the past that the transfer window should be closed when the season starts.

Transfer deadline day at the end of August once again promises to be a "chaotic finale of last-minute deals", says the paper, and the opening weeks of the campaign are likely to be overshadowed by events off the pitch.

The January transfer window would not be affected by the proposed changes.

An adjusted plan like this would make a lot of sense for clubs trying to protect their players from domestic rivals but would still fail to deter clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern and PSG who are outside the shores of England from knocking on the doors of English clubs to poach their players.

If it comes into effect, the new transfer window would surely be interesting for the fans, with business getting done quicker and earlier.

  • Regina Holmes