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Transfer window to close before the Premier League season opener: good or bad?

Tuesday 12th September 2017
Managers and players may say yes, agents certainly say no. But it's not as bad as they think. Deadline day would then turn into a precursor for the season: a curtain raiser. Of course, we're talking about the recent news that'll see the Premier League transfer window close before the season opener; and it comes into effect next season.

For managers, it brings forward any domestic transfers but it makes precious little difference if European clubs can continue until the end of August. But how much of a difference will it really make? We'll find out next season when the window in England closes on 9th August next year.

What do the players say?

There's nothing better than a full season, Harry Kane also agrees. The Spurs' hitman added that it allows players the freedom to concentrate fully. It reduces the media hype and speculation flying around in the opening days of the season. Whether it be true or not, it does very little for focus retention.

What do the managers say?

Of course, they'd agree: it eliminates any speculation in the early parts of the season. Arsene Wenger's gone on record saying that players need "clarity". In today's current age, players can start the season at their current clubs and be in moving to another part of the country (even abroad) within days. This change eradicates the summer-long sagas. Mauricio Pellegrino will be glad not to experience another summer of Virgil Van Dijk rumours, as will Jurgen Klopp with Philippe Coutinho. The ironic case with Wenger and Sanchez, the Chilean can walk next summer for nothing.

However, for the English Premier League, clubs will continue to be at a financial advantage, but a position of possible weakness. As European clubs can still buy and English clubs can still sell, what's really been achieved here? Ronald Koeman highlighted this shortly after when he said: "If we do it in the Premier League and the rest of Europe don't do this, we still have a problem".

What will we see next summer after the World Cup?

It's always dangerous to purchase players off a stellar World Cup performance, but for English clubs, they'll have even less time. There are only 25 days between the World Cup final and the window closing next summer. This serves well for clubs like United and City who did a lot of their business early. For coaches like Mauricio Pochettino and Antonio Conte, they'd need to make those bold decisions about their late signings, a lot sooner.

As for outside the British Isles, we may see more players moving to rivals: similar to what we saw this past summer. It's not often we see players move from Atletico to Real, or Juve to Milan, or even Monaco to PSG, yet these all occurred. In Germany, it's safe to say Bayern's cherry-picking of Dortmund's top stars are done as they have none left to take and more than enough depth in their own squad. The uproar that arose with moves like these I believe will decrease.

As for UK wheelings and dealings, expect money to be spent, but not to the extent we saw this summer. The mid-table clubs will be looking to flex their newly-found financial muscle across Europe to compete with the domestic big boys.
Tyrone Chambers

I know most people either love them or hate them but I a massive fan of Manchester United. I'm not afraid to speak the truth. Writing it as it is, bold enough to say it in the way no manager or player could say in public. I write about all things football but I love music as well, both listening and playing, keen drummer.

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