Monaco chief urges rest of Europe to follow Premier League and close summer transfer window before campaign starts

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Europe’s top divisions should follow the Premier League in closing their transfer windows before the season begins, according to Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev.

He argues that allowing the window to remain open when the competitions start is “too stressful”, with his club suffering from the speculation over the future of star names Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar right up to the deadline on August 31 this year.

Striker Mbappe ultimately left the Ligue 1 champions for their title rivals Paris Saint-Germain on an initial loan deal.

Monaco loaned star striker Mbappe to direct rivals PSG on deadline day

Midfielder Lemar stayed, despite a reported £90million offer from Arsenal on deadline day.

And Vasilyev — who also sold stars Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko in mega-money deals over the summer — believes the new English approach, coming into force for next season, is the right way.

Vasilyev suggested July 31, rather than August 31, as a day to shut the window

“The best thing would be for FIFA to take the initiative and limit the transfer period for all European clubs, let’s say until July 31,” he told Sky Sports News.

“It’s too stressful for clubs. We’ve seen many examples; Lemar, Mbappe, Coutinho, Dembele. It’s not fair to allow changes once the season starts. You cannot compromise the team and the squad.”



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