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Premier League clubs vote to revert to traditional summer transfer window


The Premier League trophy (Nick Potts/PA)

The Premier League trophy (Nick Potts/PA)

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The Premier League trophy (Nick Potts/PA)

Premier League clubs have voted to move the closing date of the summer transfer window.

At Thursday's shareholders' meeting the clubs voted to revert to the traditional date at the end of August/early September after two seasons where the window closed on the eve of the campaign.

That means this summer's window will close at 1700 BST on Tuesday, September 1, with August 31 being a Bank Holiday.

A Premier League statement read: "At a Shareholders' Meeting today, Premier League clubs voted to adopt a change to the Summer Transfer Window closing date for season 2020/21.

"This will move the closing date back to the traditional point at the end of August/early September.

"The 2020 closing date will therefore be 17:00 BST on 1 September (31 August 2020 being a UK Bank Holiday).

"Clubs agreed after discussing the topic at length at previous Shareholders' Meetings."

With the transfer window closing before the start of the Premier League season - but remaining open for most of Europe - Liverpool chairman Tom Werner admitted Premier League clubs had been put at a disadvantage, however well intentioned the decision to bring the deadline forward had been.

Werner told Sky Sports News: "We felt it was in the best interests of the league to be in sync with the other leagues and extend the window until the end of August.

"I understood the reason for (bringing the deadline forward) but it put a lot of pressure on all of us to make decisions and it gave an advantage to other leagues, so it's good to be consistent."

Independent.ie understands that the clubs also considered a "hybrid" model for the transfer window.

That would have seen a deadline of the start of the season - which is Saturday, August 8 - for domestic transfers and of September 1 for international deals, but having one deadline for both was preferred.

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