Man Utd stand firm as Prem clubs reach a decision on transfer window

Date published: Friday 16th November 2018 10:41 - Jamie Woodhouse

Clubs in the Premier League have voted against changing the summer transfer deadline, according to a report.

There was a push from some clubs to put the closing date back to the end of August, with Manchester United believed to be one of those in favour, according to the Daily Mirror.

The majority of teams were reluctant to vote for the change however, as it would interfere with next season’s scheduled four rounds of games in August.

This year the window closed on Thursday, August 9 – the day before the Premier League season got underway. Nine clubs are understood to have wanted to revert to the old system and 11 teams voted to keep the new system at the Premier League meeting in London on Thursday.

Some clubs feared the current window offers an advantage to rivals in Germany, Spain and Italy, allowing them to use their later deadline to sign players from the Premier League and leave the club unable to respond.

Unlike sides in the EFL, Premier League clubs do not have the luxury of an extended loan market, with teams in the Championship, League One and League Two still able to make loan moves after the August 9 deadline until the August 31.

This season Tottenham became the only side in Premier League history to make no signings in a summer transfer window and Mauricio Pochettino had voiced his disapproval at the new deadline.

“If you compare with Europe I think you are at a complete disadvantage and sure it does not help the clubs in the Premier League,” Pochettino said in July.

“We are all in the same situation in England. It’s clear that today I don’t know if the rest of the teams are happy with that decision.

“Personally I think it’s not right. In that situation I think it didn’t help or it’s not going to help the Premier League clubs or the clubs in England to have the same possibility as another contender, because we are going to compete in the Champions League and to have 20 days less is I think not a thing that is going to help you.”


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