Clubs eye transfer window extension as Chelsea propose pushing the existing one back and adding a week to the deadline
- A domestic-only transfer week could potentially return this summer in England
- Premier League clubs are debating over extending the window into September
- Chelsea proposed the existing window be pushed back from June 9 to June 16
- The Blues have also asked for a week to be added to the August 31 deadline
- Should they agree to the extension, it would echo what happened last October
A domestic-only transfer week could return this summer as clubs debate extending the window into September.
At Thursday’s Premier League clubs’ meeting, Chelsea proposed the existing window be pushed back from June 9 to June 16, with a week added to the August 31 deadline to allow for deals between Premier League and EFL teams.
The move would echo what happened last October.
Premier League clubs are debating about extending the summer window into September
It needs club support plus FA approval, though it was well received at the virtual conference.
Another topic of discussion was rearranging the final three games of the season to prepare for fans’ return.
Chelsea proposed the existing window be pushed back from June 9 to June 16 and asked for a week to be added to the August 31 deadline
They also discussed rearranging the final three games of the season to prepare for fans’ return
Presently, they are set to be played over 12 days, on Wednesday, Saturday and the following Sunday. The Premier League are keen to truncate that schedule to nine days so that, under current plans, fans could attend the final two rounds after stadiums partially reopen on May 17.
Sources say that league officials want each team to play a home game to preserve the competition’s integrity, though some say such integrity was nowhere to be seen earlier in the season when teams in Merseyside and London hosted matches while others could not.
Newcastle are understood to have voiced strong opposition to the plan as they are keen to have a week’s break before what could be a crucial final game of the season.
The Premier League also want travelling fans to get 10 per cent of capacity limits.