Premier League considers two extra weeks for transfers
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.