The Premier League have today confirmed that all future summer transfer windows will close at 5pm on the Thursday before the new season kicks off.
The decision only affects the acquisition of players meaning sales to other competitions with windows still open can still take place.
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) September 7, 2017
It’s understood several top clubs pushed for the move after another hectic summer that saw star players unsettled by big money propositions from both domestic and continental rivals. Obviously, that won’t stop, but at least we’ll all know where we stand before the football actually gets going.
Arsene Wenger has been a long-term advocate of ending the window before the season starts. No doubt, he’ll be pleased the latest development. It remains to be seen whether his calls for the window to stay shut through the January trading period ever get implemented.