Premier League transfer window to close before start of the season

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The Premier League's vote to close the summer transfer window before the first game of next season has been met with a positive reaction in Europe. 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. The top teams in England will not. Five clubs opposed it and one abstained.

For Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore, shifting the transfer window cutoff point helps to protect the integrity of the competition.

However, clubs will still be able to sell players until the end of the normal window, and for the moment the Premier League remain at odds with their European counterparts, who will continue to buy and sell until August 31.

Of the "big 5" top divisions in Europe, the Premier League is once again the highest spending league (£1,430m/€1,560m).

We are told that closing the Spanish window early is now "not a priority" and why should it be?

"The risk is minimal and even those powerful clubs have to know if we can't buy players we're not going to sell", said Mourinho.

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"Importantly, and when analysed in the context of generating record broadcast, commercial and matchday revenues, Premier League clubs are spending well within their means". The transfer was actually given the green light in the end before it collapsed on deadline day due to the lack of a suitable replacement. "It is odd that the season starts, you can play for one club and then you can switch and just play for the next one, which is not good for the competition".

"The whole world of football is thinking about this".

In an interview with German broadcasters ARD, Ceferin was asked if he thought the summer window should be shut earlier. At least until the winter transfer window in January. A move to Manchester City looked on the cards despite Arsene Wenger's insistence that he was going nowhere.

Moving up the dates wouldn't stop the circus from pitching its tents and sending forth the clowns, but would certainly clear out the fairgrounds before the real show begins. In fact, it could make things a lot worse. "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.

La Liga chief Javier Tebas said earlier this week that he was not in favour of change, telling the Soccerex Global Convention: "I don't believe it will necessarily be beneficial to the clubs to close the transfer window sooner". It is a noble quest that the Premier League is embarking on but one that is totally useless without adherence from everyone. Juventus director general Beppe Marotta - also president of the Sporting Directors' Association - has long championed such a move and reacted with delight after the Premier League announcement.

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