Premier League clubs have voted to adopt to change back to the traditional transfer window dates from the 2020/21 season.
The change will move the closing date back to the end of August/early September, meaning the 2020 closing date will be at 17:00 BST on September 1st – as the 31st August is a bank holiday.
For the past two seasons, the window in England has closed the day before the start of the Premier League season – but this caused problems as it was not aligned with the rest of Europe.
When the change was made, it was hoped that the rest of Europe’s major leagues would follow suit but that did not happen – leaving a number of clubs in a difficult position, knowing their players were in demand but unable to replace them if a continental side swooped.
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This proved to be problematic for Tottenham, with Christian Eriksen’s future attracting plenty of speculation, while Chelsea and Arsenal had similar situations with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mesut Ozil respectively.
The announcement follows the confirmation that the new Premier League season will commence on Saturday August 8, meaning there will be three weekends of action before the transfer window closes.
Further dates for the 2020/21 season are yet to be confirmed but will be announced over the course of the coming months.