Premier League scrap early summer transfer deadline with 2020 window set for September 1 closure

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Clubs in England will be able to buy players until September 1 in the next transfer window following a vote on Thursday

Premier League clubs have voted to push England's summer transfer window deadline back to September 1 for the 2020-21 season.

In 2017, clubs decided to support the closing of the transfer window the day before the Premier League season began, with many managers previously suggesting the uncertainty that accompanied a later deadline was not beneficial.

This measure was brought in ahead of the 2018-19 season and remained in place at the start of 2019-20, but decriers felt it left Premier League clubs at a major disadvantage to European teams, with the other major UEFA nations not bringing their deadline forward.

At a Premier League shareholders' meeting on Thursday, clubs voted in favour of pushing the deadline back again, thereby reducing the risk of teams losing players to European sides and being unable to sign a replacement.

The new deadline for England's summer transfer window will be 17:00 BST on September 1, 2020.

In a statement, the Premier League said: "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."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had previously voiced his support for the idea of bringing the English deadline back into line with the remainder of Europe.

Speaking in September 2019, the former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund boss said: "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."

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "I think that was a big mistake for the Premier League to allow that - we open the door to different clubs in Europe to try to create confusion within your squad.

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"It can create a mess at clubs like us, clubs in England."

The Premier League also confirmed the 2020-21 season shall begin on Saturday, August 8.