Clubs given ex­tended win­dow for do­mes­tic deals

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Mike McGrath

Pre­mier League clubs will have a fran­tic 11-day win­dow af­ter the sum­mer trans­fer dead­line to off­load play­ers to the English Foot­ball League and raid rel­e­gated teams for last-minute do­mes­tic deals.

Chief ex­ec­u­tives have agreed on open­ing the win­dow from July 27 – the day af­ter the top-flight sea­son fin­ishes – un­til Oct 5, but have been given the ex­tra time un­til Oct 16 for “do­mes­tic-only” trans­fers.

Nor­wich City, along with two other rel­e­gated clubs, will be braced for of­fers for their play­ers, while EFL clubs are set for a scram­ble to land the best loan deals from Pre­mier League sides look­ing to bal­ance their squads.

Player agents and EFL chair­men have wel­comed the ex­ten­sion, which will buy clubs time. They do not know when sup­port­ers will be back through the turn­stiles, which will af­fect bud­gets.

Lower down the pyra­mid, clubs had hoped the win­dow would re­main open for as long as pos­si­ble to keep money flow­ing, but have wel­comed the cer­tainty of know­ing their trans­fer dates, while also ac­cept­ing that Fifa has been firm on a pe­riod of 16 weeks for busi­ness through the sea­son. The win­dow’s clos­ing date of Oct 5 is in line with Uefa guide­lines to the same dead­line across Europe be­fore player reg­is­tra­tion for the Cham­pi­ons League and Europa League.

A state­ment from the Pre­mier League read: “Fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with the EFL, a do­mes­tic-only win­dow will be added from Oct 5, clos­ing 5pm on Oct 16. Dur­ing this win­dow, Pre­mier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs [ei­ther loans or per­ma­nent reg­is­tra­tions]. No trans­fers can take place be­tween Pre­mier League clubs in this pe­riod. The trans­fer win­dow is sub­ject to the ap­proval of Fifa.”

While the win­dow will be open in July, Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tions will still be go­ing on and top clubs are set to wait be­fore fi­nal­is­ing their busi­ness. With the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal be­ing held on Aug 23, in­ter­me­di­aries are ex­pect­ing deals to start be­ing thrashed out later in the sum­mer. The Pre­mier League must start by Sept 12, leav­ing less than three weeks for many play­ers to get moves.

Manch­ester City hope to be in­volved in the lat­ter stages of Uefa’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion, while Manch­ester United and Wolves are in the Europa League, which con­cludes on the same week­end.

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