Changes to Premier League transfer window taking shape

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With the Premier League clubs in favor of changing the way the transfer window works, the new rules will come into place for this summer.

It is all becoming a lot clearer.

With 14 of the 20 PL teams agreeing to end the 2018 summer transfer window before the 2018-19 Premier League season begins in a previous vote, we now know the key dates to get business done as a report from Sky Sports on Friday stated that FIFA has confirmed when the summer window opens in England.

Why the change?

The main reason for this move is to stop the uncertainty around players leaving a certain club three or four game weeks into a season.

There are, however, fears that Premier League clubs may be at a disadvantage as they couldn’t replace players after the new deadline if they sold them to clubs outside of the Premier League whose transfer window will remain open until August 31.

But if PL clubs don’t want to do business with foreign clubs between the PL deadline and the later summer deadline for the rest of Europe, and the world, then they don’t have to.

This decision to shorten the summer window by one month will see PL managers know exactly who they have in their squad when they kick off the first game of the season. The transfer sagas of Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho and Virgil Van Dijk last summer will no longer drag on into the season, and this has to be a good thing for everyone concerned.

We don’t know how long this change will last as PL clubs could decide to go back to the Aug. 31 deadline, but here’s what we do know…

What we know about the summer window

  • FIFA have confirmed the summer transfer window will open in England on Friday, June 9, 2018
  • Premier League clubs have voted to close their own window at 12 p.m. ET on Thursday August 9, which is just over 48 hours before the opening games of the 2018-19 season
  • That would mean the window would last exactly two months from June 9 to August 9
  • As things stand, the transfer window in England will officially close on August 31, 2018 for non-PL clubs, but the English Football League may follow the Premier League’s rule changes
  • Across Europe it is believed the transfer window will remain open until Aug. 31