IT’S that time of year again as clubs work frantically to secure all their transfer targets before the deadline.
After a busy summer and the distraction of the World Cup, the window about to shut – and this year it’s earlier than you’ll be used to.
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Why is the transfer window closing early?
THE window opened on May 17 this year, more than two weeks before other major European leagues.
Fifa rules say that the window must be open for a minimum of 12 weeks to allow clubs to get deals done in a timely manner.
But after last season where a number of big name players moved with the season well underway, a decision was taken by club bosses to move this summer’s window.
By closing it early and before a Premier League ball is kicked, it is hoped that any disruption will be minimal to events on the pitch.
Once the window is shut, players can still be sold abroad and loaned until August 31.
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When does the transfer window shut?
THIS summer’s window will shut at 5pm on Thursday, August 9 – TODAY.
The new Premier League season gets underway a day later, with Manchester United hosting Leicester on the Friday night.