Premier League clubs make a shocking transfer window decision

Premier League clubs make a shocking transfer window decision

Premier League clubs make a shocking transfer window decision

The vote was not unanimous and clubs will still be able to sell players until the end of the normal window.

Needing a two-thirds majority, or 14 clubs, to shut the window early, the idea's backers just got the votes they needed, with Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Manchester United, Swansea City and Watford opposed, while Burnley abstained.

"They all fully understand that this is about buying, you can only stop people from signing, you can't stop people selling if other leagues have a different window". Most leagues start in August on the continent.

However, clubs in Spain, Germany, Italy and France, can still buy players until August 31.

The change only now deals with transfers to English clubs, meaning that clubs in other leagues could still buy players from England's top flight.

In recent years in particular the final weeks of the transfer window have been feverish, with agents demanding increasingly obscene sums for their players, while uncertainty over incomings and outgoings distracted from the excitement of the first games.

The window closed last Thursday, three weeks after the new season had started.

This means, a Spanish or an Italian club, for example, can try to unsettle a player from an English club even after the Premier League season kicks off.

'I support it of course, ' Wenger said of the new plan.

Since the introduction of the transfer window system in January 2003, gross player transfer spending has exceeded £10.3 billion, with around 84% of this being spent in summer transfer windows.

"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".

Serie A should also follow the Premier League's lead, according to Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio.

The issue was previously discussed at length at two shareholders' meetings in February and June, with a vote taken on Thursday (7 September).

Arsenal refused to sell Alexis Sanchez after failing to secure a replacement, while Liverpool did not budge from their unwillingness to let Philippe Coutinho complete a switch to Barcelona. Having such a long transfer window creates turmoil, a well-run club succeeds by planning out a transfer campaign.The transfer market has to be limited, you can't have players moving when the leagues have already started.

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