Premier League con­sid­ers two ex­tra weeks for trans­fers

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Premier League - By Ja­son Burt and Sam Wal­lace

Premier League clubs have dis­cussed keep­ing the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow open for an ex­tra two weeks so that they can do deals with clubs in the English Foot­ball League un­til Oct 19.

Un­der the plan, the win­dow would close on Oct 5 for in­ter­na­tional moves and for deals be­tween Premier League clubs, but they can still trade with those in the Cham­pi­onship and Leagues One and Two.

It was ex­pected that the dates for the trans­fer win­dow open­ing and clos­ing would be agreed at a meet­ing of the 20 clubs yes­ter­day, but this has been post­poned un­til the next video con­fer­ence, sched­uled for July 24. The de­lay sug­gests there is not una­nim­ity for the pro­posal, with some clubs pre­fer­ring all player trad­ing to con­clude on Oct 5 for clar­ity.

At the next meet­ing, it is also ex­pected that the clubs will vote on the start date for the new sea­son. As re­ported by Tele­graph Sport on Wed­nes­day, there is wide­spread sup­port for this to be Sept 12, to al­low play­ers enough time to re­cover from the end of this cam­paign, but it is un­der­stood the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion is push­ing for Aug 29.

The FA and EFL fear that the do­mes­tic cup com­pe­ti­tions – the FA Cup and EFL Cup – will be com­pro­mised by the later date and it is ap­pear­ing likely that, at the least, re­plays will have to be scrapped to ac­com­mo­date the fix­tures.

There are also con­cerns that Premier League clubs, es­pe­cially those in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion, do not want to en­ter the EFL Cup be­cause of fix­ture con­ges­tion. If Sept 12 is cho­sen as the sea­son start date, it also means that Eng­land will play two com­pet­i­tive fix­tures in the Uefa Na­tions League, away to Ice­land and Den­mark, be­fore the Premier League starts. Premier League clubs were told that Fifa’s de­cree on these games can­not be chal­lenged.

The clubs also de­cided that there will be no room in next sea­son’s cal­en­dar for the new win­ter break.

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