EPL Clubs Decide To Close Transfer Window Early

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The 2018 European summer transfer window is set to close at 17h00 on the Thursday before the start of the Premier League season. Details of the voting were earlier reported by Sky Sports.

But on Thursday, after a shareholders' meeting in London, news whispered out that nearly all the Premier League clubs came forth to vote for the closure of transfer window ahead of the first game of the campaign is played. The league is trying to make it so that starting on day one of the new campaign, every club has their squad locked in, mitigating the risk of a player or team becoming unsettled by a key late departure or an influx of new additions.

Premier League clubs have voted and there will be huge changes to next season's transfer window.

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"I would prefer the window to close as soon as possible", he said on August 18.

The January transfer window is not affected by the amendment.

"I am aware there are serious discussions around Europe regarding the shortening of the summer transfer window and we are following them closely", Ceferin told The Times.

Europe's other major leagues - Spain's Liga, Italy's Serie A, the German Bundesliga and France's Ligue 1 - now face a decision about whether to fall into line with England.

We're all for ending the window before the start of the season, but anything less than a blanket ruling across the board is utterly futile. "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".

The proposal needed two-thirds of clubs to back the move and 14 voted in favour, five against with one abstention - with the one club abstaining it needed 13 votes in order to be passed.

'He knows when and where to change his tactics, to change how the team plays.

Not only that, it has been confirmed that players can still be sold after the window closes, which means that foreign clubs can still sign PL players after the deadline.

Calls were made to change the window's schedule and the Premier League clubs have voted to alter it. I think that's a huge mistake from UEFA. "Most managers would say the same. You get on with the season", the 24-year-old said.

For instance, Liverpool wouldn't have been able to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on Deadline Day, but Barcelona could still try sign Coutinho until the end of the window.

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