Premier League vote to reduce summer transfer window - Could make it interesting…

Via Bryan Swanson

Via Bryan Swanson

There is of course a fair argument that it was going to take one of the big leagues to make this plunge - to start to change the market - but it is still a big risk.

Fourteen clubs voted in favour of bringing the transfer deadline forwards to before the start of the season, which was enough to bring the change into effect.

This is not a decision that has been made by and for the elite, but by the division at large, as Premier League teams as a whole now stand so far ahead of their continental rivals financially that the threat is seen as insignificant. "So the risk is minimal and even those powerful clubs have to know if we can't buy players we're not going to sell".

The summer transfer window will now shut at 5pm on the Thursday before the first game of the season, with the change affecting only incoming signings.

While Oxlade-Chamberlain did play amid uncertainty about his Arsenal future, players at other teams linked with transfers were missing in the opening weeks of the season. Everton smashed their previous spending record with a total of £138m, including high profile deals for Jordan Pickford and Wayne Rooney. Nearly all of them were in favour of shutting it earlier.

How will Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele line up with Barcelona next season?

Wolfsburg sporting director Olaf Rebbe added: "That will be hard because of the different starts of the season". "It's too long, too large".

But current Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho stressed the fact European clubs would have a wider opportunity to do business would not be a disadvantage for English clubs.

This time around, such a window did not officially close until after the start of the 2017-18 English Premier League season. Silly Season™ never sleeps and certainly never ends. Parents will not have to agonise about returning to the club shop demanding a refund for their child's replica shirt bearing the name of a star player who has departed in the final days of the window.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has also given his support to making the close-season player trading period, introduced by world governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association in 2002, shorter.

Jones added: "While the transfer record for a single player has again been broken by a major European club, the Premier League's clubs enjoy an unrivalled depth of purchasing power, as a result of the League's relatively equal - and transparent - distribution of broadcast revenues".

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