Next season’s transfer deadline day festivities will be held prior to the start of the season for Premier League clubs.
That’s according to reports in England, which state that the Premier League clubs agreed at a monthly board meeting to move the summer transfer deadline day up to the Thursday before the start of the season, with a deadline of 5 p.m. that day.
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According to The Telegraph, clubs will still be able to sell players to other leagues while their windows remain open.
Many managers, executives and fans complained about the last-minute panic-induced nature of the current transfer deadline day, causing some teams to be unsettled three weeks into the start of the season.
It’s an interesting move that may help intra-league transfers, but it could still be troublesome for some teams or managers if the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain attempt to sign a Premier League player once the season starts. Of course, the Premier League teams could play hardball and self-impose a deadline where they won’t sell once the season begins to foreign clubs, but players could still get unsettled by transfer speculation.