Premier League transfer window will open a month earlier than usual

Annette Crawford
May 16, 2018

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The Football League, whose window for permanent signings has already reopened, have also confirmed they will comply with the August 9 pre-season deadline.

Swansea's drop into the Championship after a seven-year absence from the Football League is likely to raise Bartley's value and complicate negotiations but the defender is understood to be keen to return to Elland Road, where he played on loan during the 2016-17 season, and United will persist with attempts to add him to their squad.

United are expected to put more focus on UK-based signings having recruited heavily from overseas last summer and centre-back Kyle Bartley remains a prime target despite Swansea City's relegation from the Premier League.

That means domestic transfers can be completed from midnight on May 17, but transfers from overseas can only be finalised once the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) opens at midnight on June 8'.

This change is to be set in place to stop the interruption experienced by Premier League clubs due to the start of the Premier League season in August while the transfer window remains open.

They are expected to formally announce the change by Wednesday evening with member clubs able to buy and sell players from Thursday.

The Premier League saw yet another increase in spending during last summer's transfer window but its September 1 deadline frustrated league managers.

In France, the transfer window will open on June 9.

What are the windows for other leagues?

The EFL transfer window is already open.

The windows in those four leagues will close on August 31.

It opened on Monday, May 7 for domestic transfers. Clubs involved in play-offs can sign players now - but cannot play them until their season is over.

The window closes at the same time as the Premier League, on August 9 at 5pm - five days after the new EFL season begins.

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