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Premier League clubs vote to close transfer window before season starts

Premier League clubs vote to close transfer window before season starts

These points did not convince every club, though, with several concerned about closing the window much earlier than other European leagues, as there is a chance they could lose players to foreign suitors and not be able to replace them.

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Premier League clubs have voted to usher in changes that will see the summer transfer window close before the first game of the season from 2018 onwards.

The change only now deals with transfers to English clubs, meaning that clubs in other leagues could still buy players from England's top flight.

Clubs from other parts of Europe will continue to abide by the previous system and follow the Federation Internationale de Football Association calendar, which is closure of transfer window on the last day of August.

The plan has drawn some criticism, however, as clubs from leagues across Europe will still be able to poach Premier League players until their own domestic windows close. The January transfer window remains unaffected.

The news that the transfer window will close next season on August 9 for Premier League clubs - meaning they will not be allowed to buy players but can sell them - will be met with a particularly loud guffaw in La Liga's offices.

There is an argument that a window that closes sooner actually encourages - or even necessitates - tapping up, something that has again become so commented upon this summer.

This will no doubt provoke some questions from those around the footballing world as to why the clubs made a decision to vote against the change. The Blues boss is certainly correct, and Italy could indeed follow suit with a number of Serie A bosses having spoken out in favour of the change. "It's a huge mistake from Uefa", said Pep Guardiola, also this summer, "I think the market should finish when we start the season". "Honestly the transfer window is too long and it causes problems for Coaches who are already playing official matches", Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli told Premium Sport. "We are in serious discussions over shortening the transfer window".

"Because it's important to start the season with the players who will finish".

The senior executives of all 20 Premier League clubs met in London to vote on proposed changes to the transfer window on Thursday.

Now, the other competitions and teams are starting to take notice and a couple of them have had some things to say about it.

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