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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Charlotte Duncker

Premier League announce summer transfer window change that will affect Manchester United and Man City

The summer transfer window will close on September 1 2020 after Premier League clubs voted to revert to the traditional closure date after experimentation with an earlier deadline last year.

For the last two summers the window has closed in August, before the start of the new season, but there was widespread criticism of the decision as the European market stayed open until the end of the month.

That gave European rivals the chance to poach players from Premier League clubs with no option for them to replace their outgoing squad members.

The decision was made in September 2017 with both Manchester City and Manchester United, as well as Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea, all voting against the notion.

The Premier League confirmed on Thursday that after a meeting of shareholders' they had voted to adopt a change to the summer transfer window closing date for 2020/21.

The closing date will be moved back to the traditional point at the end of August / early September. As the last day of August is UK Bank Holiday the 2020 closing date will by 5pm on September 1.

A statement from the Premier League said: "Clubs agreed after discussing the topic at length at previous Shareholders' Meetings."

The early closure of the transfer window was criticised by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last summer.

“I think we have picked the short straw, to be fair,” Solskjaer said to Sky Sports of the early deadline.

“When our league starts there is still three more weeks that clubs can be hovering around our players. I don’t think it is a good one for us, no.”

And although City were said to have voted against the initial changes back in 2017 Pep Guardiola praised the move after it was made.

"It would be good [to close the transfer window earlier]. We will start the season with the squad that we'll work with until the winter window, the winter time when the market is open again. It's a decision of the Premier League," Guardiola said in 2017.

"Everything will be quicker, less speculation. We can start from the first game of the Premier League with the squad that we are working with -- because now maybe you have players that are going to move on or players that played in other games will come in.

"It will be better I think for all the clubs, not just in England but from all around the world. The managers and the clubs will work quicker and not wait for the deadline, the last moment, the last second. So I think it will be better."

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