With the football season at an end, the summer transfer window is here.
Transfer news and rumour is already rife, with Cardiff City looking to bolster their squad ready for the Premier League while Swansea City face several key names departing the club after relegation to the Championship.
Last summer’s transfer window saw Premier League clubs smash through the record barrier as they spent a combined £1.4 billion on new recruits.
And with the 2018 World Cup in Russia also set to shine a light on more talented stars, it is set to be an exciting transfer window.
What’s new this year?
There are some changes this year.
Premier League clubs voted to end the summer 2018 transfer window on the Thursday before the season starts with a view to end disruption over players leaving or joining squads once the season is under way.
Due to the closing date being brought forward, the date the window opens has also been brought forward to preserve the overall timeframe.
So, when did the summer transfer window open?
The Premier League transfer window opened at 12.01am on May 17 for domestic transfers.
The transfer window will open on June 8 for international transfers.
The earlier than usual date on May 17 was to comply with FIFA rules, which dictate the window must be open for 12 weeks.
When does it close?
The transfer window closes on Thursday, August 9 at 5pm – much sooner than the usual August 31.
It comes after top flight clubs opted for the window to end the Thursday before the season starts, and the 2018/19 season will begin on Saturday, August 11.
Do these rules affect other leagues?
No, the rule only applies to Premier League clubs and has no bearing on other leagues and competitions.
What about the Championship?
The transfer window for the Championship has been open since May 7 – the day after the end of the season.
The EFL said: “The EFL 2018 summer transfer window is now open, with EFL clubs having been able to complete domestic registrations since Monday 7 May.
“This also applies to clubs who are participating in the end of season play-off competition, however, any new signings will not be eligible to play in matches until next season.
“The transfer window for international transfers is determined by FIFA and will open on 9 June 2018.”
When does the window close?
In February 2018, EFL clubs officially voted through proposals that would see the EFL transfer window close after the opening game of the League season.
The EFL said consultation with clubs had been ongoing since last year and – after a vote – the window will close for permanent transfers from another club on Thursday, August 9 at 5pm – the same as the Premier League window.
The EFL say clubs will still be able to:
- Sign players on standard loan up to August 31.
- Sign players on standard loan up to August 31 with an option to agree a permanent transfer when the next window opens.
- Register players who are not registered with a club during the period up until August 31.
- Transfer players OUT to a club in any League whose window is still open.
EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said at the time: “This new approach will give clubs and managers the stability they crave earlier in the season whilst also providing the flexibility to add to their squads after the traditional deadline until the end of the month if required.”
The 2018/19 fixtures will be released by the EFL on June 21, at 9am.