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Premier League Clubs Vote to Restore Longer Summer Transfer Window

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Jürgen Klopp
Jürgen Klopp is amongst those that are happy the Premier League has extended the summer transfer window. Koca Sulejmanovic/Shutterstock.

Premier League clubs have voted to bring back the later summer transfer-window deadline in order to operate on level terms with the rest of Europe’s major leagues.

England’s top flight had closed its transfer window before the start of the domestic season in the past two summers. BBC Sport confirmed the Premier League would revert to its old summer deadline following a vote by all 20 clubs at a shareholders' meeting in London on Thursday.

The change will come into immediate effect, which means the 2020 Premier League summer transfer window will end at 5 p.m. BST (12 p.m. ET) on Tuesday, September 1.

A shorter transfer window featuring an earlier deadline was tried in the hopes it would stop teams from disrupting clubs’ squad plans after their campaigns had begun. The goal was for the rest of Europe to follow suit and adjust their deadline dates, though that never came to fruition.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said in September that the initiative to prevent clubs unsettling targeted players after their season had started had not paid off:

"I don't care when it closes, but it must close at the same time. They spoke about finishing it before the season starts. Good idea, but only England did it. That makes no sense. It was a good idea but it didn't work out.”

The Liverpool Echo’s Dean Rudge recently provided comment from Premier League chief executive Richard Masters, who suggested Brexit—the process by which the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union—may mean this is the “last window where freedom of movement is possible.”

It’s theorised Brexit will make it more difficult than at present for European players to obtain work permits in England, which could see Premier League teams recruit from further abroad on a more regular basis.

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