Premier League clubs have moved to close next summer’s transfer window before the start of the season.
This is because managers have complained that allowing players to move clubs once the season is underway causes disruption to their squads.
Therefore, from next season, the window will close at 17:00BST on the Thursday before the start of the Premier League season.
However, the move was not unanimous and under the new rules, clubs will still be able to sell players until the end of the normal window.
In total, 14 Premier League clubs voted for the change, which was the minimum number needed for the plans to be approved. Five of the remaining six clubs (Manchester United, Manchester City, Watford, Swansea and Crystal Palace), voted against the plans, while Burnley abstained from voting.
The window across Europe runs until August 31, but the Premier League’s move means that while clubs will be allowed to sell their players until that date, the ability to buy players will stop on August 9 for the 2018/19 season.
European leagues and clubs in the Football League will still be able to buy and sell players as normal until the window closes on August 31.
Despite this though, Football League bosses have indicated that they could follow in the footsteps of the Premier League, but will require further dialogue with its stakeholders before a final decision to go ahead with a vote is made.
The early finish will not mean that the Premier League transfer window is shorter than those in Europe and the Football League. It will start earlier and be 12 weeks long, in line with FIFA rules.
However, next summer will be different than normal with the new season following the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which will finish on July 15.
Clubs can still do business during the tournament, however they will now have only 25 days, from the completion of the tournament, to complete signings.
Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane praised the move, saying that it would allow players to concentrate if the window was closed early.
Those views were echoed by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who said: ‘It’s important that we close all that stuff before the championship starts,
‘Players have no clarity. Are they in? Are they out? Will they be tapped up on the afternoon of a game? It’s not the way to work.”
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson also welcomed the move when asked about Barcelona’s interest in Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
Speaking before the announcement, Everton manager Ronald Koeman said that he hoped the rest of Europe would follow the Premier League in closing the window early.
He said: ‘If we do it in the Premier League and the rest of Europe don’t do this, still we have a problem,
‘The best is before starting the competitions, stop the transfer window because it’s very silly.’