16 August, 2017
"Many chairmen and managers think that the uncertainty caused by the window still being open for the first three weeks of the season can cause disruption to squads and plans", says The Times.
Sources indicate that the "majority" of top-flight clubs now favour an earlier closure, and the issue could be voted on during their next shareholders' meeting in September.
Would make sense. Can't see why Watford would oppose it?
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Swansea boss Paul Clement are among those to have called for a change.
But unless the rest follow suit, the Premier League could be leaving itself exposed to losing its best players to wealthy foreign clubs free to spend until the final hours of their own deadline.
Stuart Armstrong of Scotland
The current window, like many other major European leagues, closes on August 31 which is a full three weeks into the start of the Premier League campaign, and nearly a full month into the campaign for sides in the EFL.
But Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would still have to fight to keep Philippe Coutinho out of Barcelona's clutches until 11 p.m. on August 31 unless clubs in La Liga were to follow suit and impose their own preseason transfer deadline.
"I don't really understand why it goes to the end of August".
It seems unlikely, but the question will be raised at some point during the final hours of the window because it is impossible to believe that all clubs will agree to suspend transfer business in order to avoid distracting global teams. If 14 or more clubs out of the 20 agree to the proposed changes, then the transfer window will be restructured from next year.
It will be interesting to see whether Barnett is correct, or whether clubs give their scouting departments a real kick up the backside over the next twelve months in order to get business done as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
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