Talks Proposed to Change Transfer Window Deadline

Liverpool fans don't know what their team will look like in a fortnight's time with Philippe Coutinho's future up in the air
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However, this doesn't seem to be sufficient anymore for clubs and reports on Monday evening suggest that there are plans in place to adjust the transfer window for the Premier League to close once the season starts.

The window closes on August 31 for clubs are said to be frustrated at not having a settled squad for the start of the season.

Although transfer rumors between leagues will still crop up beyond the new deadline, the total volume of mid-August PL transfer rumors should be reduced, bringing a bit of relief to fans, managers, and players who are exhausted of the speculation-and, more importantly, some clubs will have less work to do in terms of incorporating new players into their squads and more stability for the beginning of the season.

Swansea manager Paul Clement was quizzed about the proposed change, to which he replied: "Our club would support that decision". They are to decide whether or not to change the deadline for the summer transfer window, which traditionally closes at the end of August/start of September, over three weeks after the season has begun.

United are broadly in favour of the transfer window shutting before the season starts, but there is a concern it would leave English clubs at a disadvantage compared with the rest of Europe.

Advancing the deadline to before the start of next season was discussed at the summer meeting of Premier League chairmen and chief executives.

Transfer deadline day at the end of August once again promises to be a "chaotic finale of last-minute deals", says the paper, and the opening weeks of the campaign are likely to be overshadowed by events off the pitch.

The January transfer window would be unaffected by these proposals as talks are now only related to the summer window.

"Agents would have to start finalising transfer deals even sooner, ending the short lull in the market that exists now as players and clubs alike assess the market", he says.

"In general, it makes sense that when the season starts that the planning is over".

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