English Premier League Reverts To Old Transfer Window

English Premier League clubs have voted to realign their domestic transfer window with the rest of Europe.

Premier League sides had operated a different summer window to the rest of Europe for the past two seasons where all incoming transfer activities ceased the day before the top-flight campaign began.

But that will no longer be the case after the clubs voted to return to the old system at a Premier League shareholders’ meeting in London on Thursday.

A Premier League statement said the deadline has been changed to the “traditional point at the end of August/early September”.

The 2020 closing date will be 1 September at 17:00 British Standard Time (BST).

The Premier League had moved the transfer window in England to the start of August following complaints from clubs and managers that keeping it open after the start of the season was disruptive.

It was hoped major leagues across Europe would also bring their own windows forward.

However, other leagues didn’t follow suit and a number of clubs found themselves in the uncomfortable position of knowing their players were in demand across the continent but unable to bring in replacements for anyone they wanted to sell.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has previously voiced support for bringing the closure of the summer transfer window back in line with the rest of Europe.

“I don’t care when it closes, but it must close at the same time,” he said in September. “They spoke about finishing it before the season starts. Good idea, but only England did it. That makes no sense. It was a good idea but it didn’t work out.”