Premier League clubs have voted to move the end of the summer transfer window back to 5 pm on 1st September, just two years after moving it to match the start of the domestic season.
The move was not matched – as had been hoped – by Europe’s other big leagues, leaving teams from La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga to attempt to sign Premier League players while the English top flight sides couldn’t bring in replacements.
A statement on the league’s official website read: “At a Shareholders’ Meeting today, Premier League clubs voted to adopt a change to the Summer Transfer Window closing date for season 2020/21. This will move the closing date back to the traditional point at the end of August/early September.
“The 2020 closing date will, therefore, be 17:00 BST on 1 September (31 August 2020 being a UK Bank Holiday). Clubs agreed after discussing the topic at length at previous Shareholders’ Meetings.”
The clubs also decided on a starting date for the 2020/21 Premier League season, which will begin on Saturday 8th August – less than a month after the end of Euro 2020, and just a day later than the (Friday night) start of the 2019/20 season.
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