Transfer window to open this week

Gabriel Jesus Jordan Henderson and Wilfried Zaha

Managing the new window will be a challenge, especially as English clubs could find themselves vulnerable to big offers from Spanish or Italian clubs after the Premier League window closes.

For a long time we knew that it would end on Thursday 9 August at 5pm but for whatever date it would open was left in the dark.

'Yes. In fact, deals can be agreed before May 17, however, the paperwork cannot be processed until the window has officially opened. Clubs involved in play-offs can sign players now - but cannot play them until their season is over.

Several managers have complained in the past about the disruption caused in the opening few weeks of the season by transfer business as players would often become unsettled by focusing on potential moves over winning games. With uncertainty as to who is running their teams, what are the chances of those clubs rolling out a smart, strategic transfer strategy later this week, created to avoid a panic-stricken spending spree in the first week of August?

Sky Sports claim the EFL are likely to follow suit.

This change is to be set in place to stop the interruption experienced by Premier League clubs due to the start of the Premier League season in August while the transfer window remains open.

EFL clubs will still be able to sign players on loan until August 31. It will close on Thursday, August 9th at 5pm, two days before the start of the new Premier League season.

What are the windows for other leagues?

The windows in those four leagues will close on August 31. They can also sign free agents up until the same date.

With the Premier League and EFL voting earlier this year to close the English transfer window at 5 p.m. BST on August 9, there will be an almighty scramble for new players this summer.

Press Affiliation Sport understands officers have opted to tug the opening again to subsequent Thursday in an effort to adjust to a Federation Internationale de Football Association rule which requires no less than one window to open for 12 weeks.

They are expected to formally announce the change by Wednesday evening with member clubs able to buy and sell players from Thursday.

All very unusual as to why the start date has been given such secret treatment.

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