Premier League votes to close transfer window before kick-off

File Chelsea's players hold the English Premier League trophy as they celebrate their league title win

The window across Europe runs until 31st August.

Concerns have been expressed that Premier League clubs will now be undermined by top European clubs trying to sign their players until the end of August, yet it is clear that most managers are happy to finalise their first team squad before a ball is kicked in the season.

Needing a two-thirds majority, or 14 clubs, to shut the window early, the idea's backers just got the votes they needed, with Crystal Palace, Manchester City, Manchester United, Swansea and Watford opposed, while Burnley abstained. "But they might wait to see if they have an advantage in the first window".

Premier League clubs' transfer spending this summer as a proportion of their estimated revenue for the 2017/18 season is 31%. No other league in Europe has yet followed suit, meaning transfers in and out of Italy, Spain, Germany and France, for example, will still be possible until August 31.

English Football League chairman Shaun Harvey said this week that clubs from the three divisions below the top flight could also bring their deadline forward but added that there were "practical challenges", such as the fact that their fixtures tend to begin a week before those in the Premier League.

A number of transfers usually take place in the last two weeks and managers were fed up with players whose attention was diverted by a potential move.

After a January 2017 transfer window in which Premier League clubs were net exporters of playing talent (in terms of transfer fees), net expenditure on players from overseas in the summer 2017 transfer window was £585m - a decrease of £45m (7%) from the summer 2016 window.

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The senior executives of all 20 Premier League clubs met in London to vote on proposed changes to the transfer window on Thursday.

Only clubs in England's top flight are subject to the adjustment and they will still be able to sell any players once the new deadline has passed. For me, if this period is shorter it is better.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, Chelsea's Diego Costa, Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Southampton's Virgil van Dijk are just four of a list of players who have not played as they have pursued exits from their respective clubs.

"I believe the decision is right", said Schalke official Peter Peters.

"I think the transfer window is open for too long", UEFA President Alexander Ceferin told German broadcaster ARD in an interview broadcast Thursday.

"What is certain is that it's good that everyone has the same date", he said. Having such a long transfer window creates turmoil, a well-run club succeeds by planning out a transfer campaign.

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