Premier League agrees new 10-week transfer window opening on July 27 – the day after the end of the season – allowing clubs to conquer big stars in less than two weeks
- The summer Premier League transfer window opens in two weeks
- It starts on July 27 – the day after the last round of Premier League matches
- The summer window closes on October 5 – three weeks after the new campaign
- There will then be a new window for top flyers to trade with EFL clubs
- That extra window runs from October 5 to October 16 on October 17
The Premier League summer transfer window opens on July 27 and lasts 10 weeks until October 5.
It means that top clubs can buy and sell players in less than two weeks from the day following the end of the current season.
In addition, they will be able to trade with EFL clubs from October 5 in an additional domestic period, which closes at 5:00 PM on October 16.
The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs will open on July 27 – just one day after the end of the current season – and last until October 5
In this second window, there would be no transfer between Premier League clubs.
The transfer window dates – shifted from the norm due to the three-month shutdown of Covid-19 – are subject to FIFA ratification.
The EFL has confirmed that the transfer window will follow the same dates as the Premier League.
It means the transfer window will overlap the 2020-21 season for about three weeks and the new campaign is likely to kick off on September 12.
Premier League clubs wanted the window to open as soon as possible after the end of the season, but concerns remain that players who are still in action may be restless.
The FA Cup final is scheduled for August 1, while the Champions League and Europa League – which includes Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves – continue through August.
The championship playoffs will also take place after the opening of the transfer window, raising concerns for the parties involved that their players could be distracted.
Some clubs and agents are concerned that foreign footballers will be reluctant to sign for English clubs, given the relatively high Covid-related death rate in the UK.
This can be a problem for clubs that want to strengthen their selection, with the foreign market generally being regarded as better value for money.
Indeed, sources claim that French Ligue 1 will become a particular focus for English clubs this summer as they seek to capitalize on the financial concerns of teams outside of the traditional big four – Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Monaco and Lyon.
Due to the curtailment of the French season, a number of clubs are facing an uncertain financial future, with English clubs looking to take advantage of this.