As expected, Premier League clubs have elected to change the length of the summer transfer window, so that it now aligned with the rest of Europe again.
It follows a vote on Thursday in London at the Premier League stakeholders’ meeting.
For the past two seasons, the summer window had closed a day before the start of the season. It was hoped that European clubs would also vote to follow suit but, when that did not happen, it meant that English teams were left at a disadvantage compared to their continental rivals on two fronts.
Firstly, the need to get deals done before the accelerated window closed pushed up the price that clubs had to pay to get deals done in time. And, secondly, the fact that foreign clubs could still sign their players for up to three weeks after the English window had closed caused unrest and disharmony at some clubs.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.