Zidane and Ancelotti applaud Premier League transfer window change

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This move means that clubs can not now buy players once the season has begun with the window shutting the Thursday before the opening weekend, which will be August 9 next year.

The English clubs have voted to close the summer transfer window which now shut on the Thursday before the start of the season at 5pm. "But they might wait to see if they have an advantage in the first window". Transfer Deadline Day will no longer by on August 31st but rather in early or mid-August, depending on the start of the season - August 9th in 2018, for example.

This could create what some believe is a competitive advantage for foreign teams who will have a few extra weeks to buy Premier League players.

Intriguingly, United manager Jose Mourinho, City boss Pep Guardiola and Swansea chief Paul Clement all spoke out in favour of closing the transfer window before the season started, but it appears that their paymasters did not back up those sentiments. If you decide these players stay and remain there is no problem with this. The 2018 January window will operate as usual.

But with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin having lent his support to the idea of shortening the window, there are some big decisions to be made in the other European leagues.

Fifteen months after Britons voted to leave the European Union, the Continent's top soccer leagues are mulling the effects of an English vote in a matter of global commerce.

From next season, the window will close at 17:00 BST on the Thursday before the Premier League campaign begins. For me, if this period is shorter it is better.

The changes to the transfer window have been talked about as much overseas as in England over the past few years.

The senior executives of all 20 Premier League clubs met in London to vote on proposed changes to the transfer window on Thursday. But there were some concerns by some clubs that, although they wouldn't be able to buy any more players, their players could still be picked off by those who haven't closed their windows.

Southampton have had the start of their season hampered by Virgil van Dijk's desire to move to Premier League rivals Liverpool.

"What is certain is that it's good that everyone has the same date", he said.

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.



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