UEFA supports proposed Premier League transfer window changes

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Earlier this summer reports emerged which proposed changes to the transfer system from next summer in which the window would close before the start of the new season.

This was a Premier League rule change, rather than a Europe-wide one, but it has received the support of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

In an email to The Times (£) the Slovenian said, “I am aware there are serious discussions around Europe regarding the shortening of the summer transfer window and we are following them closely.

“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. There is a lot of uncertainty for a long time.

“Therefore I would say that the window might be too long and I would support it being shorter.”

Ceferin has also backed the idea of a luxury tax on the richest clubs in which monies would be collected on the basis of what they spend on transfers and wages, and then redistributed among smaller clubs.

The Premier League transfer window changes are also expected to be adopted by Football League clubs, but the issue of European windows closing later will mean English clubs are still vulnerable to bids from abroad – although they are, of course, free to turn those down.

This week Arsene Wenger also suggested doing away with the January window, and leaving all else aside, there’s a very good case to be made for that – however there don’t appear to be any plans to make that change any time soon.

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