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Premier League giants set to perform U-turn and push to scrap early transfer deadline

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Two years ago, club chairmen voted to shut the transfer window the day before the opening game of the league season to ensure that all business is concluded before the competitive action begins.

But the Times (opens in new tab) reports that the three top-flight giants have joined several other clubs in wanting a return to the old system of sharing a transfer deadline with European football’s other major leagues.

The issue is set to be brought up at the Premier League chairmen’s meeting on 12 September.

Support is growing for the abolition of a rule that saw the window close on 8 August this summer, three-and-a-half weeks before the deadline in Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga.

There is a view that the experiment has handed an advantage to major clubs across Europe after other leagues failed to follow England’s example by bringing their deadlines forward.

A majority of 11 of the 20 Premier League clubs’ support is needed to change the deadline, but a final vote could be delayed until November so that the early closure’s impact can be properly reviewed.

Liverpool (opens in new tab) are certain to change their position on the matter, while Manchester United (opens in new tab) executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has voiced his opposition to the early deadline at previous meetings.  

Arsenal (opens in new tab) might change their mind now that Arsene Wenger has left, as the Frenchman was supportive of the move, while Tottenham (opens in new tab) chairman Daniel Levy previously backed the early closure but his manager Mauricio Pochettino has been critical of it.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.