Tuesday 17 September 2019

Premier League clubs set to vote on transfer window proposals as criticism from top managers continues

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Steve Paston/PA)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (Steve Paston/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Premier League clubs are set to vote on proposals to end the early closure of their transfer window next week, with calls growing for English clubs to bring their date in line with other major European leagues.

Several high profile managers were strong advocates of a plan to end the English transfer window before the Premier League season got under way back in 2017, in a bid to minimise squad disruption.

Yet with the French, Spanish, German and Italian leagues not altering their transfer deadline, English clubs have been subjected to bids for star players from foreign clubs beyond the date when they have a chance to sign replacements.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen is among those who has endured an unsettled start to the season amid suggestions that he was pushing for a move away from the club, while Alexis Sanchez left United to join Inter Milan last week even though the Old Trafford club could not sign a back-up forward.

United's Paul Pogba was another high-profile player linked with a move after the English transfer window closed and now this issue is set to be addressed at a meeting of Premier League chairmen on September 12th.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been outspoken in his criticism of the early transfer deadline in England, with these comments offered up last month.

"I think the Premier League cannot give this advantage to the European clubs," he stated. "That is another point to talk about, to argue that we are at a disadvantage to European clubs because they have 20 days more to operate.

"I think that was a big mistake for the Premier League to allow that - we open the door to different clubs in Europe to try to create confusion within your squad.

"I think after two seasons operating in this way, the Premier League realises that if Europe doesn't change, we need to go back and start to operate in the same way they operate now. It can create a mess at clubs like us, clubs in England."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp joined Pochettino in calling for the English league to re-install a transfer deadline that is linked to other major European leagues, with a majority of 11 chairmen needing to vote in favour of the proposal for a new date to be set-up.

Manchester United, Manchester City, Watford and Crystal Palace were among the clubs that voted against the early closure of the transfer window two years ago and it seems likely that enough votes will now be gathered for change to be implemented in time for the summer of 2020.

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