Trans­fer win­dow has al­ways been con­tro­ver­sial

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Premier League clubs have voted to close the 2018 sum­mer win­dow for buy­ing play­ers on the Thurs­day be­fore the first game of that sea­son, which will be on Au­gust 9.

How­ever, play­ers can still be sold abroad up un­til the stan­dard Au­gust 31 dead­line, which puts English top-flight teams at the mercy of preda­tory clubs in Europe’s other big leagues. And next year deal­ing time will be re­stricted as the World Cup does not end un­til July 15.

The con­cept of trans­fer win­dows has al­ways been con­tro­ver­sial in the English game.

An ear­lier con­trol was the spring dead­line, around the end of March, af­ter which new sign­ings could not play in games with rel­e­vance to pro­mo­tion or rel­e­ga­tion. These were the days of 22-team di­vi­sions and “two up, two down”, when half of the clubs were play­ing the last weeks with­out am­bi­tion or fear.

Ar­se­nal once signed Mel Charles af­ter the spring dead­line sim­ply to foil the ad­vances of Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur. Charles had to sit out the last weeks of the 1958-59 sea­son af­ter his then-record £42,750 ar­rival from Swansea, play­ing in just a hand­ful of friendly matches.

Record sign­ing... Mel Charles

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