EPL Clubs Vote For Major Change In Transfer Window

English clubs smash spending record in 1.4 billion-pound splurge

English clubs smash spending record in 1.4 billion-pound splurge

However, clubs will still be able to sell players until the end of the normal window, and for the moment the Premier League remain at odds with their European counterparts, who will continue to buy and sell until August 31.

Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah shows off his skills after signing for Liverpool.

English Premier League clubs voted on Thursday to shut the 2018 close-season transfer window before the start of the 2018-19 campaign following complaints by managers that transfer activity disturbs their preparations.

The summer transfer window in the England's Premier League will now close before the start of the season.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti yesterday added to growing calls for the summer transfer window to close before the season starts across Europe.

However, Hertha sporting executive Michael Preetz was one of many to highlight that one of the premises for the change had to be "for all five big leagues to agree on it and find a uniform rule". English teams won't be forced to sell - the Spanish window, for example, was open an extra day longer this year and very little action came of that - but facing several weeks of potential transfer pressure without the ability to acquire a replacement could be problematic.

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"From my point of view, it would be of an elementary advantage to cut the transfer window short", Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said.

Asked when he would like to see the window close, Ceferin said: "It is no bad idea to close the window at the end of July".

- It was not a unanimous decision as some clubs voted against the move.

Following complaints from fans, the Premier League charged the club and an independent commission, compromised of two senior barristers and a former club secretary, was set up to consider the case. "The transfer window is exhausting", he said recently. "I think the market should finish when we start the season". It will come as a welcome move for many, especially Coaches who had become exhausted of making plans for a season only to see them scuppered by a last-minute successful bid accepted for one of their players.

Bundesliga clubs reportedly also discussed shortening their transfer window in a meeting on Thursday, while Italian giants Juventus have endorsed the Premier League's move.

For City, on the other hand, it suits a club as rich and powerful as they are to keep rival teams on their toes right to the last knockings.

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