Premier League clubs have voted to close the summer transfer window before the first game of 2018/2019 season.
The 2017/2018 summer transfer window closed on Aug. 31, more than two weeks after the start of the Premier league, but the transfer window will now close at 5 p.m. on the day before the start of 2018/2019 season.
The vote, which was not unanimous, took place at a shareholders meeting, after it had been widely reported that the majority of clubs were in favour of the move. Not all the clubs voted in support of closing the transfer window early, Manchester City, Manchester United, Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea City all voted against it.
The decision means Premier League clubs will be unable to replace players they lose to foreign teams in the last few weeks of the window. As a result, the 2018 decision is likely to be a trial which can be reviewed before the 2019-20 season.
Transfer windows varies from country to country, but in Europe they tend to be from the start of June to the end of August, with a shorter midseason window in January.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton, who signed Sporting Lisbon defender Ezequiel Schelott but missed out on Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen on deadline day, welcomed the decision.
“That is good news,” he said. “I think most managers would say the same. You have a hectic enough time as it is preparing for the season. It would make it uncomfortable going into the first week but most of us would prefer to have it then than what we have now, going into the early weeks of the season.”
Swansea coach Paul Clement outlined his support for the early closure of the transfer window last month and expressed his delight that the move would now be going ahead after describing the end to the window last week as “crazy.”
“I welcome it,” Clement said. “My view has not changed and it has been further reinforced because it got crazy towards the final days. It should be done before the start of the season so you can concentrate all your efforts on planning and preparing for the matches. I think that change is very positive.”