The Premier League and English Football League have both agreed on preliminary dates for the opening of the transfer window following the end of the domestic season for the top flight of English football.
The Premier League will finish on Sunday 26th July and the transfer window will open the very next day on Monday 27th July.
This date is before the FA Cup final on 1st August and before the completion of the Championship play-off semi-finals and the play-off final, which could add an unwanted interference to the teams involved in those crucial games.
The transfer window will have two deadline days. The first will end business with clubs from outside of England on 5th October. Meaning that any transfers with clubs from Europe will have to be concluded by this date. Premier League clubs will also have to complete their transfers with other clubs from the Premier League by this date as well.
From 5th October to 16th October, Premier League clubs will only be able to do both permanent and loan deals with clubs from the three division in the Football League.
Players who sign for other clubs during this transfer window cannot play for their new clubs until the 2020/21 season commences.
All of the above awaits ratification from football’s international body FIFA.
More or less as long as a normal summer then, which is surprising.
Would seem likely to be quite an overlap with the start of next season, which will get messy with players not wishing to play ahead of prospective moves (again). – Join the conversation, click here.