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All you need to know as Premier League clubs vote to close transfer window before season begins

Premier League clubs have voted to close the summer transfer window before the league season gets under way, starting next summer. We've answered a few questions about the change.

What is going to change?

The window will now close on 5pm on the Thursday before the first Premier League games of the season. After that, clubs will not be allowed to sign players from other teams. The 2018 summer transfer window will end at 5pm on Thursday August 9.

This summer's window closed on August 31, 20 days after the season had begun.

Will Premier League clubs still be able to sell players after the new deadline?

Yes, because this change does not affect the transfer window in other European leagues so Premier League clubs could still lose players to other European clubs after the season has begun.

Similarly, the transfer windows in other English competitions such as the Championship, League One and League Two will be unaffected. So Premier League clubs could still sell players to lower league clubs.

Why has the change been made?

Managers including Arsene Wenger had called for changes to be made after several players were left in limbo up to four games into the current Premier League season with this year's window closing on August 31.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Southampton's Virgil Van Dijk, Chelsea's Diego Costa and West Bromwich Albion's Jonny Evans, to name a few, were unsure whether or not they would be leaving their current clubs up until the final days and hours of the window. In the end, none of those four sealed a move and Wenger reckons the whole situation makes for unstable squads.

"The players who do not play or the players who are tapped up in October they already start again to think: 'Where do I go in January?' That's not a way to be on board with a football club." Wenger told beIN Sports.

"We are here to entertain people and you can do that with people who are really on board together, to achieve something together and not every minute that it doesn't go well to think: 'Where can I go next?'"



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