The English Premier League is set to approve changes to the summer transfer window, including moving the end date to before the start of next season.
The Premier League is set to make changes to the summer transfer window and from next summer onwards, the window will no longer continue past the start of the campaign.
John Percy of the Telegraph reports that clubs will have to have their business completed before the kick off of their first Premier League game of the 2018/19 campaign with the chances already at “approval level.” Percy claims that all 20 Premier League managers will be required to attend September’s shareholder’s meeting, with the majority pushing for the changes to go through.
The proposal is that the deadline to sign players will next year be brought forward to the week before the season is set to get underway and that only a small handful of clubs are still against the idea – Watford being one of those.
This year, the summer window will not close until a full three weeks after the opening Premier League fixture kicked off on August 11th and numerous sagas continue to drag on and on towards the impending deadline.
Percy sites van Dijk, Sigurdsson and Ross Barkley as prime examples with each player causing disruptions at their current clubs and deals only likely to be brokered once said clubs potentially hit breaking point by the end of the window.
Many managers have been critical of the current length of the window and our own Jürgen Klopp even commented on the matter before it became common knowledge that changes would be put in place.
“It would have helped us this year (if the window shut when the season began),” Klopp said.
“There is a phenomenon and then people go looking for solutions. It makes sense that when the season is starting, planning for the team is over. But I also understand that some things take a bit more time. The whole market has changed – the behaviour of people.”
It is understood that under the new rule changes, “English top-flight clubs will be permitted to sell players to clubs in other countries, but transfer deals from one Premier League club to another are to be off limits when the season starts.”
Johnathan Barnett, chairman of ‘Stellar Group,’ believes that the changes will see little change in how clubs do their business as there will still be a deadline to cause “panic.”
“It makes sense and could make clubs more focused to do their deals early, but there will still be a deadline which creates panic,” he said.
“People will still be unable to make their minds up and clubs won’t be agreeing deals. The selling clubs will still think they can get a bit more and hold out for more money.
“I don’t like the idea of last-minute pushing and shoving, but even with the deadline being brought forward there will be ridiculous things happening before the window closes. It doesn’t seem to affect other countries like it does with England.”
It will be interesting to see whether Barnett is correct, or whether clubs give their scouting departments a real kick up the backside over the next twelve months in order to get business done as quickly and as efficiently as possible.