Premier League clubs will soon vote to extend transfer window back to the end of August


The Premier League transfer window closed on August 8, almost three and a half weeks before deadline day passed for the rest of Europe on Monday, September 3. 

Why? Because back in 2017, top-flight English clubs voted to close the window one day before the start of the season, to ensure all deals were completed before it kicked off.

The switch was brought in to protect smaller Premier League sides from having players poached during the season - but it's actually backfired. 

Clubs are now left vulnerable to bids from the continent and over the last few weeks, we've seen some English teams selling players without the ability to bring in a replacement. 

After just two years though, it seems that things will be going back to normal in 2020.

The Times report that clubs are going to vote in favour of bringing the Premier League window back in line with the rest of Europe - pushing it back to the end of August. 

The issue will be raised at the Premier League chairmen’s meeting on September 12 and to make the change, 11 of the 20 clubs will need to support the motion. 

However, the vote may be pushed back to November to ensure the impacts of changing the transfer window can be properly reviewed. 


Per the Daily Mail, a mix of teams were originally against the idea of changing the window two years ago. 

During that vote, 14 clubs voted in favour of the proposal and five against, with one abstention.

Manchester City, Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea City were those against it.

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This time around, the feeling is that the 11 clubs needed to vote in favour of reverting to the old window will be reached. 

One of those will likely be Liverpool, after Jurgen Klopp's comments last month. 

"I don’t care when it closes, but it must close at the same time [as Europe]," he said last month.


Other managers, including Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino, have also argued changing the window was a mistake. 

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