Premier League clubs vote to close transfer window earlier


The summer transfer window previously shut at the end of August, at which point each Premier League club had played three games.

"This is a decision I was waiting for with great anticipation", he told Sky.

However, the proposed changes could potentially put English clubs at a disadvantage compared to their European rivals, as clubs across Europe will remain active in the transfer market for up to three weeks after the Premier League window closes.

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

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"So, in other words, when we get to transfer day shouldn't we really have the players bought in, the players we're going to have for the whole season, so I think that's why they've done it".

The vote took place at a shareholders' meeting, after it had been widely reported that the majority of clubs were in favour of the move. The Premier League's move means that while clubs will be able to sell until that date, buying activity will cease on 9 August for the 2018-19 season. So, in theory, a player could be bought by another European club and the English team would have no mechanism by which to replace him. The Toffees haven't tasted victory in their last nine League outings against the north Londoners so I fancy a draw.

"That is good news", he said.

"It's important that we close all that stuff before the championship starts", said Wenger. "Most managers would say the same".

The worldwide break means that there is time for the dust to settle before these newly-formed squads focus on attacking the season ahead.

The announcement came after a proposal to change the transfer window was considered in a shareholders' meeting on September 7.