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Premier League clubs vote to change summer transfer deadline

Premier League clubs have decided to change their summer transfer window to bring it back in line with the rest of Europe.

It means this summer's transfer window will close on September 1 at 5pm for Premier League clubs.

The Premier League has also confirmed the 2020/21 season will start on August 8.

A statement from the Premier League regarding the transfer window change read: "At a Shareh­olders' Meeting today, Premier League clubs voted to adopt a change to the Summer Transfer Window closing date for season 2020/21.

This will move the closing date back to the traditional point at the end of August/early September. The 2020 closing date will therefore be 17:00 BST on September 1 (August 31, 2020 being a UK Bank Holiday).

Clubs agreed after discussing the topic at length at previous Shareh­olders' Meetings.

In 2017, Premier League clubs voted to close the transfer window a day before the start of the new season, abandoning the European-wide deadline at the end of August.

Premier League managers have bemoaned the changes, suggesting it leaves clubs in England at a disadvantage with European teams still able to sign their players once the window has closed domes­ti­cally.

When the vote took place two years ago, only Manchester United, Manchester City, Crystal Palace, Watford and Swansea voted against the amendment.

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