Premier League transfer window to open and close earlier

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 16/05/2018

The Premier League transfer window this year will open and close earlier than before to ensure that all transfers are completed before the start of the 2018/19 season.

The reason for the changes to the transfer window are so clubs avoid disruption to their squads once the Premier League season has kicked off on August 11.

A confirmation by the EPL organising body according to Sky Sports says the transfer window will open at midnight on May 17. It will then close at 5pm on August 9 - instead of August 31, which it has been in previous years.

The latest development means, deals can be agreed before May 17 but paperwork cannot be processed until the window has officially opened.

That means domestic transfers can be completed from midnight on May 17, but transfers from abroad can only be finalised once the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) opens at midnight on June 8.

Clubs are able to buy players from any country as long as their own window is open, which means Premier League clubs can still sell players after their window closes on August 9.