The frantic rush to add players at the end of the August will be a thing of the past in England’s top flight.
Premier League clubs voted in favour of moving the transfer deadline to the Thursday prior to the start of the season, the league announced Thursday.
The change, which was not the result of a unanimous vote, is due to take effect next summer, with the window closing at 17:00 BST on Aug. 9, 2018.
A statement on the Premier League’s website reads: “The new rule, which applies only to the acquisition of players, will be for Premier League Clubs only and has no bearing on other leagues and competitions.
“Clubs will still have the ability to sell players to other leagues in which the transfer window is open, as they can now to leagues that have different transfer window dates, such as Major League Soccer.”
The decision to reduce the window is the product of discussions held at previous Shareholders’ Meetings, with clubs voting on the modification Thursday.
Ratification of the transfer period also comes after various managers complained about the disruption that late player movement can cause to any given team’s preparation for the season.
One example of squad disruption in the early stages of the season saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain feature for Arsenal in its 4-0 loss to Liverpool before switching allegiances and joining the Merseyside club less than a week later on deadline day. Arsenal did not sign a replacement.
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Squad uncertainty, however, is expected to endure among England’s top-tier clubs as transfers for outgoing players will continue to be permitted.
Premier League teams could then be at a slight disadvantage as the rest of Europe will continue to have until August 31 to complete incoming and outgoing transfers.
The Football League’s summer transfer window will remain unchanged for now, but there are talks planned to discuss a similar proposal, according to Ben Rumsby of The Telegraph.