Premier League Transfer window to close before start of season

Premier League clubs have kept their promise of voting in favour of closing the summer transfer window early

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The new rule, which was reached by a majority decision, only applies to buying players - clubs will still have ability to sell players to other leagues in which their window is open.

At issue is an earlier shutting of transfer windows, as was approved by the 20 Premier League clubs in a vote conducted Thursday.

The transfer window closes on the 31 of August nearly everywhere in the rest of Europe.

Fifteen months after Britons voted to leave the European Union, the Continent's top soccer leagues are mulling the effects of an English vote in a matter of worldwide commerce.

The announcement came after a proposal to change the transfer window was considered in a shareholders' meeting on September 7.

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Wenger was clearly not alone in his view and although the vote was not unanimous the change will come into effect on August 9 next year, two days before the 2018-19 Premier League season kicks-off.

United's vote appears to be in direct conflict with the wishes of manager Jose Mourinho, who stated in August that he would "prefer the window to close as soon as possible".

This will no doubt provoke some questions from those around the footballing world as to why the clubs chose to vote against 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".

The summer transfer window was one the craziest we have ever seen.

"There is a lot of uncertainty for a long time".

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"It was a concern but I wouldn't say it was a real pathological anger about that, it was just one of the concerns that they felt, on balance, meant they couldn't support it".

Even tough English clubs usually spend the most money on players' transfers, with this decision they have much less time to make a deal which can make them spend even more money to get the deal done.

Arsene Wenger, who sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool on deadline day despite having fielded the same player against the team he was set to join, was highly critical of the existing window earlier this week. "Now we have to extend the discussion to a European level", said Marotta.

The Telegraph reported on Wednesday that a decision was "hanging in the balance" as several Premier League clubs were unwilling to back the plan unless they were also adopted by other major European leagues.

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