Transfer deadline day: Premier League summer window to close early again

Manchester United player Fred (right) and Bournemouth's Lewis Cook
Manchester United player Fred (right) signed for the Old Trafford club last summer

Premier League clubs have agreed the summer transfer window will again close before the start of next season, with the deadline set for 17:00 BST on Thursday, 8 August 2019.

The clubs voted for it to close this year on 9 August - a day before the start of the Premier League campaign.

In previous years the window had closed on 31 August.

Managers had complained that signing players once the season was under way caused disruption to preparations.

However, Leicester City boss Claude Puel was one of several who voiced his concerns about the change.

The Frenchman said it would give clubs from Europe's other leagues a competitive edge because their windows closed later.

"Of course all the managers, trainers want to start the season with the transfer window stopping but other counties can continue to buy players," he said in May.

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