Thursday, September 07, 2017

Premier League clubs agree to close summer transfer window before start of season

Premier League clubs have voted to close the summer transfer window before the first game of next season.

The 2018 window will close 5pm on the Thursday August 9, two days before the first match of the next campaign, and the new rule applies only to buying players.

The vote was not unanimous though.

This rule indicates that Premier League clubs will still be able to sell players to other leagues whose transfer windows remain open later into August and September.

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger this week voiced his support for such a change, insisting that the previous rule causes distraction for the players.

He said, “Many things happen in the last second, which I regret,” Wenger said. “That’s why I believe it’s important that we change that and close all that stuff before the championship starts.

Even in the games, you sit there before the games and even in players’ minds they have no clarity.

“Are they in? Are they out? Are they half in? Are they half out? Are they tapped up in the afternoon of the game by people who want to get them out? It’s not the way to work and it’s uncomfortable.

Every single manager in the league would agree that it’s time to kick that out before the season starts and not continue to have players in the dressing room who are half out and half in.”

A pain we clearly understand after Arsenal sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool on transfer deadline day, and nearly lost Alexis Sanchez to Manchester City.

This rule applies to the premier league alone, with the championship unaffected.

According to Sky sources,  the decision was not unanimously reached instead by a two-thirds majority of 14 clubs.

Five clubs voted against the change and one abstained.

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