EPL Clubs Decide To Close Transfer Window Early

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Stoke City would have missed out on another rogue signing - Spanish striker Jese from PSG - and Tottenham Hotspur would not have bolstered their squad with Llorente and Ivory Coast right-back Serge Aurier and Mamadou Sakho's switch to Crystal Palace would not have been sanctioned. It could actually make things worse.

Moving up the dates wouldn't stop the circus from pitching its tents and sending forth the clowns, but would certainly clear out the fairgrounds before the real show begins.

At first, this looks singularly like Premier League teams doing the unthinkable and voting against their own financial and footballing interests.

Swansea coach Paul Clement outlined his support for the early closure of the transfer window last month and expressed his delight that the move would now be going ahead after describing the end to the window last week as "crazy".

There would also be even greater pressure on English clubs to sell before they can buy from overseas, something that isn't always so convenient in complex and delicate negotiations.

In recent years in particular the final weeks of the transfer window have been feverish, with agents demanding increasingly obscene sums for their players, while uncertainty over incomings and outgoings distracted from the excitement of the first games. But there were some concerns by some clubs that, although they wouldn't be able to buy any more players, their players could still be picked off by those who haven't closed their windows.

In an interview with German broadcasters ARD, Ceferin was asked if he thought the summer window should be shut earlier.

Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer?

It really does squeeze everything into what could be a chaotic period, especially with the World Cup ending close to mid-July next year.

In theory, the window closing before the start of the season should provide stability for the teams and the players, though it does shorten the time for the clubs to do their business - and as we've often seen, transfers tend to take time. Danny Drinkwater would have been unable to join Chelsea hours before the deadline on August 31 from Leicester City along with Davide Zappacosta from Torino.

Managers have complained that the roiling market that comes to a boil just when teams are starting to find their feet after playing a few competitive matches is far too disruptive, especially when interdependent deals entangle several players and multiple clubs.

That is still something of an intangible, though.

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