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Major change to transfer window announced after Premier League deal

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THE summer transfer window will close two days EARLIER than in 2023 after Prem chiefs struck a deal with European counterparts.

Last summer the window shut at 11pm on September 1, with deadline day deals including Cole Palmer’s move from Manchester City to Chelsea and Brennan Johnson leaving Nottingham Forest to join Spurs.

The summer transfer window will close two days earlier than in 2023

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The summer transfer window will close two days earlier than in 2023Credit: Sky Sports
Last summer the window saw deadline-day deals including Cole Palmer’s move from Manchester City to Chelsea

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Last summer the window saw deadline-day deals including Cole Palmer’s move from Manchester City to ChelseaCredit: PA
Brennan Johnson also left Nottingham Forest to join Spurs

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Brennan Johnson also left Nottingham Forest to join SpursCredit: Alamy

September 1 is a Sunday this year, meaning it was expected the deadline would be put back 24 hours to the following day.

Instead, prem chiefs confirm the summer window will open on June 14 and close exactly 11 weeks later, at 11pm on Friday August 30.

The winter window, however, will be extended past the end of January and close at 11pm on Monday February 3.

No players signed after noon on deadline day will be eligible to play in that weekend’s Prem fixtures.

A League spokesman confirmed the decision had come after Prem chiefs had discussed the window date with the other Big Five leagues in Spain, Germany, Italy and France, as well as the EFL.

The spokesman said: “To ensure harmonisation with the major leagues in Europe.

“The closing dates were set following discussions with the EFL, DFL, Serie A, La Liga, and LFP, who will all close their Summer and Winter windows on 30 August and 3 February respectively.”

The move is expected to reduce the last-minute rush and provide a clearer picture of squad compositions before the season gets into full swing.

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The most recent January transfer window saw a drop in the number of permanent moves — with just £112million spent across the Premier League.

28 signings were made by top-flight clubs and 13 of them were loans, while over half of the club did not spend a penny.

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Premier League clubs spent £2.5bn on transfers across last season’s two windows — more than any other league in the world.

But clubs will be carefully considering their transfers going forward with the threat of points deductions for breaching profit and sustainability rules as seen with Everton and Nottingham Forest this season.

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