Premier League managers vote to shut transfer window before start of season

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The Europe summer transfer window will close before the start of a new season in England after Premier League clubs voted so.

This comes after managers complained that the ability for players to sign for other clubs after the season had begun caused disrupted club preparations for the new campaign.

As a result of the vote, the window will close at 17:00BST on the Thursday before the Premier League begins.

The vote, however, only affects England, and PL clubs will still be able to sell their players to clubs outside the country until the official closure of the window across Europe.

The number of Premier League clubs who wanted the change is not yet clear but at least 14 of the 20 must have voted for the move in order for a change to take place.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been a proponent of the closure of the window before the season begins, arguing that players needed “clarity.”

“It’s important that we close all that stuff before the championship starts,” he said.

“Players have no clarity. Are they in? Are they out? Will they be tapped up on the afternoon of a game? It’s not the way to work,” he added.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman said he hoped the rest of Europe would follow the same move.

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