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    Premier League vote to close transfer window before the start of 18/19 season


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    BREAKING Premier League clubs vote to close window early

    Richard Conway
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    Premier League to amend summer transfer window, starting 2018/19. Window to now close 1700 on Thursday before start of season.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live/football/41185723
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      Won't affect us jk I hope it does...

      Wonder if we'll get that elusive striker lol
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      Makes sense, but we do need the rest of Europe to do the same otherwise it could be a little pointless.
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      If it's as initially reported, no buying after season starts, but can still sell - sounds a bit of a mess. The biggest moan from Prem Lg clubs this time was the uncertainty caused over players who might leave. That will still happen, only with no chance of replacing them?

      Update: Already seem to now be saying it is buying and selling. Which is better, just the European angle to consider.
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      There are going to be people unhappy about the fact you can still have players unsettled and sold to clubs in other leagues after the start of the season.

      But thinking about it in practice, isn't this going to be restricted to the very rare cases of a huge star targeted by PSG, Barcelona or Real Madrid (eg a Coutinho, or maybe a Hazard)?

      If you look at other big cases (Van Dijk, Sigurdsson) that caused uncertainty this summer, that will no longer happen between PL clubs during August. And given we pay the highest wages, in about 97 per cent of cases deals will either not happen (between PL clubs), or PL clubs should be able to hold off bids from all but the super-clubs.
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      Good news all around that, this will enable us to get those offshoot PL players that aren't wanted at their clubs in early so we can be fully prepared for another 46 game marathon.
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      Update on the story..
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/41188235

      Premier League clubs have voted to close next summer's transfer window before the 2018-19 season starts.

      Managers have complained that allowing players to move once the season is under way causes disruption to their squads and preparations.

      From next season, the window will close at 17:00 BST on the Thursday before the Premier League campaign begins.

      The vote was not unanimous and clubs will still be able to sell players until the end of the normal window.

      The window across Europe runs until 31 August.

      The Premier League's move means while clubs will be able to sell until that date, buying activity will cease on 9 August for the 2018-19 season.

      European leagues will still be able to buy and sell until 31 August, while the Football League's window also remains unaltered.

      Football League bosses have indicated they could follow the Premier League's move but require further dialogue with stakeholders before a decision is made.

      The number of Premier League clubs who wanted the change is not yet clear, but at least 14 of the 20 must have voted for the move in order for a change to take place.

      The early finish will not mean the Premier League's transfer window is shorter as it will start earlier and be 12 weeks long, in line with Fifa rules.

      In August, Tottenham striker Harry Kane said closing the window early would allow players to concentrate.

      His views were echoed on Friday by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who stated players need "clarity".

      "It's important that we close all that stuff before the championship starts," said Wenger. "Players have no clarity. Are they in? Are they out? Will they be tapped up on the afternoon of a game? It's not the way to work."

      Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson also said the window should be closed early when he was asked about Barcelona's bids for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho.

      Speaking before Thursday's announcement, Everton manager Ronald Koeman said he hoped the rest of Europe would follow the move.

      "If we do it in the Premier League and the rest of Europe don't do this, still we have a problem," said Koeman. "The best is before starting the competitions, stop the transfer window because it's very silly."

      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.

      "The risk is minimal and even those powerful clubs have to know if we can't buy players we're not going to sell," said Mourinho.
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      Makes sense, but we do need the rest of Europe to do the same otherwise it could be a little pointless.
      Indeed, otherwise surely we'll be at a disadvantage.
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      A few things.

      As others have said how this can possibly be better IF the rest of Europe does not follow suit, which I am sure they wont know because they will have a clear advantage over English clubs in European competition.

      They do realise the world cup doesn't finish until July 15th? So there will be a tiny window after this to get deals done.

      I agree with the principal wholeheartedly but surely it had to be done alongside the rest of Europe and starting in World Cup year seems odd.
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      Just shifts the problem to a different date as far as I'm concerned. The brinkmanship will now just transfer from 31st Aug to the eve of the season for PL clubs. Add in the fact that this rule does NOTHING to stop other clubs in Europe from making offers and unsettling PL players right up till the window closes a few weeks later, and I don't really see what PL clubs have gained out of this. Sure, domestically it'll stop the trading after the season starts, but it wouldn't have prevented (for example) the Coutinho-to-Barca saga from dragging on and on till deadline day.

      This solves nothing IMO, just shifts the problem elsewhere in the calendar and brings some other logistical complications into play.
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