Premier League clubs agree to close transfer window before start of the season from 2018/19

Premier League clubs have voted in favour of changes to when the transfer window closes after years of complaints that deals disrupt teams in the period after the season starts and before the window closes.

Starting next season, the transfer window will close at 17:00 BST on a Thursday before the new season begins.

This only applies to buying players, and sales will still be allowed across Europe to other transfer windows that remain open longer.

These changes could be seen to put the Premier League at a disadvantage, as it could lead to European giants signing players who then cannot be replaced until January at the earlier.

On the other hand, it will mean less chaos and disruption after the season kicks off and perhaps lead to clubs finalising their business earlier. Manchester City, known for doing their business early in recent years, tried to get deals for Alexis Sanchez and Jonny Evans done on deadline day this summer, only for both to fall through for different reasons.

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