English Premier league clubs have, on Thursday, voted that the summer transfer windows be closed before the commencement of the 2018 season.
The poll, which was held at a meeting of top flight English clubs, followed after weeks of debates about the confusion that the first 3 weeks of a new season set on managers and players due to the distractive transfer activities.
The decision, which is set to take effect from the beginning of next season, wasn’t consensual but it has the highest votes and this means that EPL clubs won’t be allowed to register new players later than the first match of the season.
However, this doesn’t apply to other European leagues as they continue to operate the traditional August 31 closing date and, a bit of concern, can plunder from EPL clubs without a clap back.
Even Uefa President, Alexander Ceferin, has also thrown weights behind the idea of early close of summer transfer windows.
“Yes, I think that it is open for too long. It is strange that you play for one clubs when the season starts and then that you can simply play for another one. That is not good for the competition. We are in serious discussions over shortening the transfer window.” He said in an interview with German Broadcaster ARD.
Ceferin added that closing the window at the end of July will be ideal.
“I think that it is no bad idea to close the
window at the end of July.”