Premier League clubs vote to close transfer window before season begins

English Premier League clubs have voted to close the 2018 season transfer window before the start of the 2018-19 league.

It has been announced that as from next season, the window will close at 17:00 BST on the Thursday before the Premier League season begins.

This came after managers complained the their teams are disrupted because players move during the beginning of the season.

The vote was not unanimous and clubs will still be able to sell players until the end of the normal window.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave his backing to the decision before it was announced.

“Even in the games, you sit there before the games and even in players’ minds they have no clarity,” he told reporters at his weekly press conference.

“Are they in? Are they out? Are they half in? Are they half out? Are they tapped up in the afternoon of the game by people who want to get them out? It’s not the way to work and it’s uncomfortable.

“Every single manager in the league would agree that it’s time to kick that out before the season starts and not continue to have players in the dressing room who are half out and half in.”

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