Due to the fact that the transfer window is still open when the season starts, some premier league managers have been unable to call on the services of some of their key first team players for the first three games of the season because of the uncertainty surrounding the future of those players.
As reported by Sky Sports; on the 7th of september 2017, 14 clubs voted that the english transfer window should be shut before the first game of the new season is played and as a result, the 2018 summer transfer window will be closed on Thursday, August 9, 2018 by 17:00, two days before the new campaign kicks-off. The new rules also apply to buying of players, premier league clubs will still be able to sell players to other european leagues whose transfer windows remain open later into August and September.
The january transfer window is unaffected by this rule and lower league clubs is also not affected by this rule. Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore told Sky Sports News: “There was a big concern that the Premier League has been playing two or three match rounds with a degree of uncertainty between themselves. “It wasn’t unanimous but nobody was pathologically angry about the situation. But there were some concerns by some clubs that, although they wouldn’t be able to buy any more players, their players could still be picked off by those who haven’t closed their windows. It just
meant they couldn’t support it. Some premier league managers believe this new rule puts premier league managers at disadvantage because other clubs from europe would still be able to buy premier league players because their transfer window is still open.
Here are some players that have been constantly linked with moves away from their clubs this new campaign;
1. Alexis Sanchez –
The chilean attacker has been constantly linked with a move to the blue part of manchester through out the 2017 summer transfer window. Sanchez has refused to sign a new deal with less than 1 year left in his current contract with arsenal. Sanchez was reported by sky sources; to have agreed a contract worth €400,000 with pep guardiola’s side. In the recent defeat to liverpool, sanchez was caught on camera laughing as his side was hammered 4-0 by liverpool.
2. Diego Costa –
The chelsea striker has been constantly linked with a move back to the spanish capital even before the opening of the transfer window. Costa refused to return back to london as he claimed the club treated him like a criminal. He has not featured for chelsea this season and is not in the blues champions league squad.
3. Philipe Coutinho –
Since the sale of neymar to PSG, Barcelona has been linked with a move for the Brazil International, the move failed to materialize as the two clubs could not come to an agreement despite the player’s which to move to Barcelona. He has not featured for liverpool this season as a result of the uncertainty surrounding his future.
4. Johny Evans –
The Baggies defender was constantly linked with a move to manchester city or arsenal and he is yet to play for west brom this season because of the uncertainty surrounding his future.
5. Virgil Van Dijk –
The southampton defender was chased by liverpool through out the summer transfer window. He is also yet to play for southampton this season as a result of the uncertainty surrounding his future.
So what do you think, should the summer transfer window be closed before the new season starts?