Next summer’s Premier League transfer window will close before the start of the new season, after football clubs in England’s highest division voted in favour of a proposal that they say will minimise disruption at the start of the football calendar.

Clubs have traditionally been allowed to buy players for during the summer break and for around three weeks into the start of the new football season in August, but from next year, the window will close on the Thursday before the new season begins.

Managers have long complained that leaving the window open into the start of the new season causes distraction and disruption. Everton boss Ronald Koeman is one of many coaches to have criticised that current “crazy” situation of buying and selling players while matches are under way, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has even called for the January window to be scrapped.

The rule applies only to the acquisition of players, meaning clubs will still have the ability to sell players to other leagues in which the window is still open. However, some commentators argue that other European clubs will also come under pressure to follow in England’s footsteps to ensure a level playing field.

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