Premier League to shut trans­fer win­dow be­fore sea­son kick-off

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>> LON­DON: English Premier League clubs voted on Thurs­day to shut the 2018 close-sea­son trans­fer win­dow be­fore the start of the 201819 cam­paign.

Fol­low­ing com­plaints by man­agers that trans­fer ac­tiv­ity dis­turbs their prepa­ra­tions, clubs will not be able to regis­ter new play­ers af­ter mid­night, Bri­tish time, on the Thurs­day be­fore the sea­son starts.

The trans­fer win­dow in Europe’s other ma­jor leagues runs un­til Aug 31, mean­ing clubs out­side Eng­land can buy play­ers from English topflight teams af­ter the new Premier League dead­line.

“Premier League clubs have to­day agreed to a rule amend­ment that will see the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow in any year end at 17:00 on the Thurs­day be­fore the start of the sea­son,” the Premier League said in a state­ment.

“This is for Premier League clubs only and has no bear­ing on other leagues and com­pe­ti­tions.”

Europe’s other ma­jor leagues — Spain’s Liga, Italy’s Serie A, the Ger­man Bun­desliga and France’s Ligue 1 — now face a de­ci­sion about whether to fall into line with Eng­land.

Ju­ven­tus CEO Giuseppe Marotta says Serie A’s 20 clubs are in agree­ment to “set the end of the trans­fer win­dow on July 31” in Italy.

“The trans­fer win­dow is ex­haust­ing,” he said re­cently. “It’s be­come a cir­cus.”

The French league also sug­gested it was also in sup­port of fol­low­ing the Premier League’s ex­am­ple.

“In prin­ci­ple, the Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League [LFP] is in favour of bring­ing the clos­ing date for­wards to be­fore the start of the cham­pi­onship,” an LFP of­fi­cial told AFP.

But the Ger­man league (DFL) said there was no clear con­sen­sus among the Bun­desliga’s top clubs.

The Premier League’s move was an­nounced fol­low­ing a meet­ing of club of­fi­cials and is not be­lieved to have been agreed unan­i­mously.

Ar­se­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger gave his back­ing to the de­ci­sion be­fore it was an­nounced.

“Even in the games, you sit there be­fore the games and even in play­ers’ minds they have no clar­ity,” he told re­porters at his weekly press con­fer­ence.

“Are they in? Are they out? Are they half in? Are they half out? Are they trapped up in the af­ter­noon of the game by peo­ple who want to get them out? It’s not the way to work and it’s un­com­fort­able.

“Ev­ery sin­gle man­ager in the league would agree that it’s time to kick that out be­fore the sea­son starts.”

Ar­se­nal man­ager Arsene Wenger.

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