Premier League clubs have voted to ensure that summer transfer window will shut before the start of next season.
Club bosses met on Thursday to pass a proposal – which required 14 of 20 votes – to close the window early, a move which will leave it out of line with the standard Fifa dates.
The window will now close at 5pm on the Thursday before the start of the new campaign, meaning Premier League clubs will no longer be allowed to buy new players after the season has kicked off.
However, clubs will still be able to sell players abroad in line with deadlines around the world. The 2018 deadline is scheduled for Thursday, August 9.
Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger had backed the plans, stating that clubs currently struggle while players are left pondering potential moves as the season gets underway.
“Many things happen in the last second (of the window), which I regret,” he said. “That’s why I believe it’s important that we change that and close all that stuff before the championship starts.
“Even in the games, you sit there before the games and even in players’ minds they have no clarity.
“Are they in? Are they out? Are they half in? Are they half out? Are they tapped up in the afternoon of the game by people who want to get them out? It’s not the way to work and it’s uncomfortable.
“Every single manager in the league would agree that it’s time to kick that out before the season starts and not continue to have players in the dressing room who are half out and half in.”
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2/6 Thomas Lemar – Monaco
3/6 Kylian Mbappe – Monaco
4/6 Virgil van Dijk – Southampton
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5/6 Riyad Mahrez – Leicester
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6/6 Ross Barkley – Everton
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Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin had also supported the plans in an email to the Times, saying that he was behind the move to wrap up transfer business before the start of the next domestic campaign.
Ceferin wrote: “I am aware there are serious discussions around Europe regarding the shortening of the summer transfer window and we are following them closely.
“In my view, it is not good when footballers play for one club when the league starts and another club when the transfer window closes. There is a lot of uncertainty for a long time. Therefore I would say that the window might be too long and I would support it being shorter.”
The League’s chief executive Shaun Harvey also told the Times: “The one thing our member clubs have said is they do want stability in terms of the players that are available to them from the start of the season.
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1/6 Alvaro Morata
(Real Madrid, undisclosed)
2/6 Danny Drinkwater
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3/6 Davide Zappacosta
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4/6 Tiemoue Bakayoko
5/6 Antonio Rudiger
6/6 Willy Caballero
(Manchester City, free)
“Shutting the transfer window before the season starts has always found favour with our clubs. It would make sense for the dates to be aligned with the Premier League and any unintended consequences need to be thought through.
“This will be on the agenda for our club meeting on September 21.”