Transfer deadline day: When does window close in summer 2018?

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This summer's English transfer window will close on 9 August, more than three weeks earlier than usual.

The window opened on 17 May and there have been plenty of big-money deals already, with Manchester City and Liverpool paying £60m or more for Riyad Mahrez and Alisson respectively.

Even in a World Cup summer, Premier League clubs voted to make the window shorter this year.

So where do we all stand this summer?

When does the transfer window close?

Usually the English summer transfer window closes at the end of August, but this year the official deadline has been set at 17:00 BST on Thursday, 9 August.

That means all Premier League and English Football League clubs must complete transfer deals to buy players before the top-flight season starts on Friday, 10 August.

The EFL season began on 4 August and clubs outside the top flight will still be able to sign unregistered players and loanees until 31 August.

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: "This new approach will give clubs and managers the stability they crave earlier in the season while also providing the flexibility to add to their squads after the traditional deadline until the end of month if required."

Why change it?

The move comes after all 72 EFL clubs moved in line with the Premier League, who voted in September 2017 in favour of closing the window before their season starts.

Managers have complained that signing players once the season is under way causes disruption to their squads and preparations.

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

Analysis - What affect will the earlier deadline have?

BBC Sport's Simon Stone

Could clubs theoretically break the agreement and buy players after 9 August?

In most sporting scenarios, rules only exist through the goodwill of those concerned. Evidently, preventing players moving through an artificial deadline creates a restraint of trade question mark.

However, as the Premier League clubs voted to implement the 9 August deadline via the normal two-thirds majority, which has never been challenged in the organisation's 26-year existence, it is impossible to imagine it being done so now.

How has it been affecting clubs' approach?

There is a view that the revised deadline is only part of the problem and Neymar's world record £200m move from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain is an equal cause of stress.

It has led to a situation where clubs are having to make quick decisions about whether to pay inflated fees, knowing the market may settle down as the actual 31 August deadline approaches, by which time it will be too late for them.

Equally, selling clubs in Europe have to work out whether offers received from the Premier League are likely to be matched once the richest league in the world is out of the equation. In addition, the great unknown is whether any Premier League clubs would be willing to sell between 10 August and 31 August, knowing they cannot get a replacement.

Will there be a big scramble on Thursday?

As was the case when the change was agreed, some are in favour of the earlier deadline, some are against. Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, who has done his business early, feels it is a good idea which will settle down after a couple of years. Others, like Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino, are less keen, although they are among the managers still trying to find new players in the final days of the window.

Spurs have not signed anyone.

United want a central defender ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline and it is understood they have a number of options, including Bayern Munich's former Manchester City player Jerome Boateng.

Leicester's Harry Maguire is also coveted by Mourinho, although there is an understanding it will be difficult to prize the England World Cup star out of the club given he still has four years left on his contract.

One player who looks like he will remain at Old Trafford is forward Anthony Martial, with United officials still keen to keep the Frenchman, even if Mourinho is open to a deal that would result in the former Monaco man's exit.

It is likely there will be a scramble on deadline day - but then, there always is. The almost unnoticed element of deadline day this year is that there will be no rush to get a deal over the line at 11pm. The Premier League window shuts at 17:00 BST on Thursday.

What about the rest of Europe?

While the FA has moved the goalposts for English clubs, Fifa's official deadline remains Friday, 31 August.

The Premier League's move means that while English clubs will be able to sell players until the end of August, buying activity will cease on 9 August.

Italy also has a new deadline - Friday, 17 August - the day before Serie A begins.

The top leagues in Spain, Germany and France - as well as Scotland - all keep a transfer deadline of 31 August.

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