Having experimented with a transfer window that closes before the first game of the season, the Premier League will this summer fall back in line with the other European leagues and extend the period until September 1st.
Transfer window to close on September 1, Premier League clubs have just decided. Aligned with Europe again
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) February 6, 2020
After two years of having to finalise squads ahead of the season’s first fixture, clubs will now be able to buy players until the deadline.
While in theory a good idea, the practice of closing the window before the first game put English clubs at something of a disadvantage. While they couldn’t acquire new players, it was still possible to sell – without the ability to replace.
The potential disadvantage for managers is the fact that their squads won’t be settled until 5pm on September 1st, and the way the transfer market works always sees business done in the final few days.
However, a clear, coherent recruitment strategy should offset that, which is why as Arsenal fans we have nothing to worry abo …