PL clubs voted at shareholders’ meeting on Thursday; / 31 Premier League season to start on August 8
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Premier League clubs have decided to change their summer transfer window to bring it back in line with the rest of Europe.
It means this summer’s transfer window will close on September 1 at 5pm for Premier League clubs.
The Premier League has also confirmed the / season will start on August 8.
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A statement from the Premier League regarding the transfer window change read: “At a Shareholders’ Meeting today, Premier League clubs voted to adopt a change to the Summer Transfer Window closing date for season 01575879 / 32.
This will move the closing date back t o the traditional point at the end of August / early September. The (closing date will therefore be
: (BST on 1 September) (August) (being a UK Bank Holiday).
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Clubs agreed after discussing the topic at length at previous Shareholders’ Meetings. ”
In , Premier League clubs voted to close the transfer window a day before the start of the new season, abandoning the European-wide deadline at the end of August.
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Premier League managers have bemoaned the changes , suggesting it leaves clubs in England at a disadvantage with European teams still able to sign their players once the window has closed domestically .
When the vote took place two years ago, only Manchester United, Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea voted against the amendment.
() : PL Chief Richard Masters spoke to SSN about the vote earlier this week
PL chief Richard Masters spoke to SSN about the vote earlier this week
The Premier League’s new chief executive, Richard Masters, spoke to Sky. Sports News ahead of the vote and said Britain’s exit from the European Union could be a deciding factor in clubs’ thinking.
“One of the reasons is because the immigration system is going to change and it may be that it’s the last window where freedom of movement is possible, clubs may want to take advantage of the longer window to make sure that they’ve taken full advantage, “he said.
‘Common sense has prevailed’
Former S toke defender Danny Higginbotham has told (Sky Sports News) This is a positive move for the Premier League, but admits that there are drawbacks to extending the window.
“Common sense has prevailed,” said Higginbotham.
“Why would you want Premier League clubs to be at a disadvantage compared with their European rivals? You want to give teams the best opportunity to be successful – it’s a no-brainer.
“Yes, it is a concern that players will potentially being unsettled but teams in Europe have two weeks to do that now anyway. We want our teams to flourish in Europe and we want it to be a level playing field. “