The Premier League could be about to ‘realign’ its transfer window with the rest of Europe, with clubs set to vote on changes next week.
The transfer window for Premier League clubs closed on the eve of the new season, August 8, though clubs on the continent were able to still purchase players up until September 2.
That meant that European clubs were still able to buy players from England, without Premier League clubs being able to sign replacements for outgoing players.
In 2017, 14 clubs were in favour bringing the deadline forward to the start of the new season, with just five clubs voting against and Burnley abstaining from voting.
TRANSFER RECAP 📰
There was a lot of activity on the final day of the transfer window.
Mkhitaryan ➡️ Roma
Icardi ➡️ PSG
Navas ➡️ PSG
Chicharito ➡️ Sevilla
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) September 3, 2019
According to the Telegraph, at least three clubs who initially voted in favour are now demanding a rethink, with a change to the deadline set to be discussed on September 12 at the next meeting of club executives.
Several Premier League managers have been vocal in their disapproval of the current deadlines, with Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers having spoken of the current window putting English clubs at a disadvantage.
Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino has also criticised the current format, believing it reduces the bargaining power Premier League clubs have in commanding fees for players.
Saying all that though, while the likes of Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen were linked with moves away from Man Utd and Spurs respectively, very few of the Premier League’s biggest stars left after the English window had closed.