Premier League votes to condense transfer window

Next summer’s transfer window in the Premier League will close before the start of the 2018-19 campaign, following a vote by the 20 top-flight clubs.

In 2018, the transfer window will close at 5 pm on the Thursday before the season begins – August 9.

The World Cup final in Russia will be held on July 15 so Premier League clubs will have less than four weeks to get all their business sorted following the completion of the tournament.

Double edged

They will still be able to sell players past the deadline as buying clubs adhere to their own domestic deadlines – meaning English clubs could finish their business on August 9 and still have to fend off offers for their top players.

The Telegraph reported on Wednesday that a decision was "hanging in the balance" as several Premier League clubs were unwilling to back the plan unless they were also adopted by other major European leagues.

Opposed

According to the paper, Crystal Palace and Watford were opposing the plan, while Manchester City, West Ham, West Brom, Swansea and Newcastle were all in favour, as long as other European leagues fell into line.

Such changes require the support of two-third majority to pass.