Football: why does the transfer window of the Premier League close sooner?


From 18 hours, this Thursday, money will stop flowing in English football. A day of recovery, Premier League clubs have spent more than 1.3 billion euros in one summer. An extravagant amount explained by the explosion of TV rights a few years ago. However, clubs across the Channel can only buy players until the Thursday before the resumption of the championship. A bit of a disadvantage, some would say, compared to the other major European championships that can still spend until the end of August.

Until the summer of 2017, however, the English clubs were on the same wavelength as their European colleagues with a summer transfer window ending August 31. But following an agreement between Premier League clubs, the closing date of the English transfer window was advanced just before the resumption of the championship. The reason mentioned? Bring more stability and serenity to the clubs before the start of the season. "You could have a player who was playing with you a week, then against you next week. Even worse, a player who can not play because of speculation around a transferHad former league director Richard Scudamore exposed to the Guardian two years ago. Meeting at a London hotel, the club presidents voted for the reform at fourteen to five and one abstention in September 2017. The five votes against would be the clubs of Manchester City and United (two clubs in the top 10 teams most spenders of the last ten years), Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea. Clubs can still sell players.

An example soon followed in Europe?

If the president of the Liga, Javier Tebas would not see the interest of a change for the Spanish clubs, the Serie A, on the other hand, adopted the English jurisprudence. Nevertheless, the Italian league only restarting on August 24, this modification penalizes very little his clubs vis-à-vis its European competitors.

In France, apart from statements by some personalities such as the president of Olympique Lyonnais Jean Michel-Aulas, the Professional Football League (LFP) has not announced any changes in the coming years. The transfer of French clubs has even been extended by two days this season and will end on 2 September. Same situation for the Bundesliga.

Quentin Gilles

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