Signings are gradually getting done now that the Euros is over, as the transfer window starts to crank up a notch.
The Premier League season begins with Arsenal hosting newly-promoted Brentford on Friday, August 13 but the deadline for clubs to bring in new faces is a couple of weeks later: the transfer window closes at 11pm on Tuesday, August 31.
Players will head off for an international break after this time period. There is a question of players having to isolate upon arriving to the UK; clubs could take this time for that particular circumstance.
Two years ago, clubs voted for the transfer window to close before the season began. This proved to be unpopular - not least with the clubs themselves, who preferred the old model.
It was COVID-19 this time last year that threw a lot of the transfer window into chaos. A lot of players whose contracts ended had to sign short-term extensions to play for their clubs during the summer. While many players ended up staying with their teams to complete the season - such as David Silva at Manchester City - there were others who chose not to risk injury and jeopardise a future transfer - such as Ryan Fraser at Bournemouth.
Last year's main summer window closed on October 5, in order to give clubs a much bigger timeframe in which to complete transfers, owing to the pandemic. Deals between top-flight and EFL sides were permitted through to October 16 - but the Premier League has not confirmed whether that will again be the case this season.
As usual, the window will reopen for the winter in January 2022.
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