It’s official. The English Premier League has changed. The heralded entity will be allowed to transfer players come next season. It has been announced that the league’s managers have voted to move the transfer deadline to before the start of the 2018-19 season.
This time around, such a window did not officially close until after the start of the 2017-18 English Premier League season.
“Managers have complained that allowing players to move once the season is under way causes disruption to their squads and preparations,” writes BBC Sport. 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.”
Although the number of clubs that voted for the change remains unclear at this time, at least 14 of the 20 English Premier League clubs had to vote in favor of the new deadline in order for such a change to ultimately take place.
“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,” BBC Sport continued. 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.”