Premier League clubs have voted in favour of an amendment to the transfer window ahead of the 2018/19 season which will see it close for internal deals before the first fixture.

In a non-unanimous vote the majority of England’s top-flight teams opted in favour of the amendment with at least 70% of votes (14 of the 20 teams) needed for the proposal to be passed.

The new transfer window for Premier League clubs will end at 5pm on the Thursday 9 August before the start of the season.

Premier League clubs will still be able to sell players to other leagues until their respective windows close, but no internal deals will be allowed.

There have been no suggestions yet that the start date of the Premier League transfer window will change.

The January transfer window is not affected by the amendment.

Premier League statement in full

Premier League clubs have today agree to a rule amendment that will see the summer transfer window in any year end at 17.00 on the Thursday before the start of the season. This is for Premier League clubs only and has no bearing on other leagues or competitions.

The first transfer window in which this applies will the be the summer transfer window in 2018 (ahead of the 2018/19 season) and it will close on 17.00 on Thursday 9 August 2018.

This new rule applies only to the acquisition of players. Clubs will still have the ability to sell players to other league in which the transfer window is open (as they can now to league that have different transfer window dates, e.g. MLS and CSL)

Clubs have discussed this topic at length at previous Shareholders’ Meetings (February 2017 and June 2017) prior to today’s vote.

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