The English Premier League have voted in favour of closing the summer transfer window before the start of the 2018-2019 season. Next year’s Premier League season will see the summer transfer business encose at 17:00 BST on the Thursday before the campaign begins. However, the clubs will be able to sell their players post the deadline of the English transfer window until 31st August, but will not be able to bring in reinforcements.
14 clubs voted in favour of the amendment, which was the minimum to get the approval. Mancheter clubs, United and City, Watford , Swansea and Crystal Palace voted against the change, while Burnley abstained from casting a vote. The decision come after managers complained that signing recruits once the season commences causes disruptions to their squad and their preparations. Transfer windows were introduced by world governing body FIFA in 2002 and functions till 31st August across rest of Europe. This means it will be easy for European predators to raid the Premier League. To make matters worse the World Cup in Russia will be held on July 15, hence Premier League clubs will have less than 4 weeks to complete their business. Also considering the English window is shorter, don’t be surprised if Premier League clubs are overcharged while doing business.
Europe's other major leagues, Spain's Liga, Italy's Serie A, the German Bundesliga and France's Ligue 1 are now contemplating if they have to fall into line with England. But if they don’t fall in line, this could end up damaging Premier League clubs. If so, don’t be surprised if the amendment is short lived.