Transfer Window Closing Date for 2018

Transfer Window Closing Date for 2018

When does the transfer window close?

Typically the English summer transfer window closing date is by August ending, but this year the official deadline has been set at 17:00 BST on Thursday, 9 August.

The window opened on 17 May and there have been lots of big-money deals already, with Man City and Liverpool paying £60m or more for Riyad Mahrez and Alisson in that order.

Even in a World Cup summer, Premier League clubs chose to make the summer transfer window 2018 dates shorter.

That means all Premier League and English Football League clubs must conclude transfer deals to buy players before the top-flight season starts on Saturday, 11 August.

The EFL season is set to commence a week before on 4 August and clubs outside the top flight will still be able to sign unregistered players as well as loanees until 31 August.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “This new approach will give clubs and managers the stability they crave earlier in the season while also providing the flexibility to add to their squads after the traditional deadline until the end of the month if required.”

Despite the fact that the FA has moved the transfer window end date for English clubs, Fifa's official deadline remains Friday, 31 August.

The Premier League's move means that while English clubs will be able to sell players until the end of August, buying activity will come to a close on 9 August.

Italy also has a new transfer window closing date which is Friday, 17 August, that is the day before Serie A begins.

The top leagues in Spain, Germany and France and Scotland all keep a transfer deadline of 31 August.

The move comes after every one of the 72 EFL clubs moved in line with the Premier League, who voted in Sept. 2017 in favour of closing the window before their season commences.

Managers have complained that signing players once the season is underway causes a commotion to their squads and preparations.

However, the vote was not unanimous, so clubs will still be able to sell players until the end of the normal transfer window dates.

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