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Guardiola and Klopp call for European transfer deadline to mirror the Premier League

Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp have called for the European transfer deadline to move in line with that of the Premier League.

The transfer window for English clubs closed back on August 8, the eve of the new Premier League season, though clubs from Europe can still purchase players up until September 2.

The differing dates means European teams can still buy Premier League players, without those sides being able to find replacements, and Manchester City manager Guardiola believes the deadlines should mirror one another, calling on European leagues to also close their windows before the start of their domestic campaigns.

“Europe should be closed like English teams. I support that the window should close when you start the Premier League season,” the Man City boss said in his pre-season press conference.

“One player can play the first fixture for one team and another for the other team. The best thing for Europe would be to make an agreement to close the window at the same time.”

Guardiola’s views are echoed by Liverpool counterpart Klopp, who, speaking at his pre-match presser, said that the current dates put Premier League sides at a disadvantage, with their squads already set for the new season.

“Italy, Germany, Spain all still open. They are proper competitors and that is not how it should be. We are all set, we don’t like it.”

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