The 2020 Premier League transfer window is set to be different. The changes are mainly because of the pandemic that has changed the way things are done. Earlier in the year, top-flight clubs voted to return the summer market to its usual end date. Football fans and punters on Betway and other sportsbooks are following the developments closely. The transfer window presents teams with an opportunity to strengthen their squads.
Premier League shareholders held a meeting in February. In the meeting, they decided that the transfer window will shut at the end of August or the beginning of September. In the previous two seasons, the summer transfer window was closed on the eve of the season.
However, this summer will be business unusual due to the global pandemic. It is unlikely that there will be big money moves. Premier League clubs have already acknowledged that their transfer plans have been affected. Ahead of the reopening of the market, the clubs claim they are dealing with the global lockdown’s financial implications.
Manchester United’s Chief Executive Ed Woodward was quoted as saying:
“Nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of the challenge facing football. It may not be business as usual for any clubs, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer.”
Clubs will have to be creative to get their prospective deals done. It is confirmed that the league has settled that the summer window be opened on July 27th and run for ten weeks. If you are a punter on Betway or other sportsbooks, you can use it to work on your betting strategy.
According to the agreement, the window will open one day after the completion of the 2019/2020 season. It will then close on October 5th in line with the date recommended by UEFA for the closure of registration time in Europe. This decision awaits approval from FIFA, football’s world’s main body.
The premier league has also consulted with the English Football League for a domestic-only window. On top of the summer transfer, there will be a local window that will extend from 5th to October 16th.
In the consultations, the parties agreed that there would be no transfers between Premier League clubs. However, top-flight clubs are allowed to trade with EFL clubs for both loans and permanent deals.
There has been activity in club transfers already. The three-month break from football brought some contract challenges. Some clubs have released players whose contracts were ending in June. Some clubs have also been announcing a new deal with some loan deals being extended. Chelsea has been very active recently, announcing the signing of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, who is already training with his new teammates.
Arsenal are also awaiting the arrival of William Saliba to strengthen their defensive line. Manchester City have already signed Pablo Moreno and Yan Couto while Manchester United announced the extension of Odion Ighalo’s loan deal. There is also a good number of players who have been released by their respective clubs.
As the window draws near, fans and gamblers on sportsbooks like Betway are looking forward to exciting movement. Among the exciting names expected in the Premier League are Jadon Sancho, Thiago Alcantara, Philipo Coutinho, among other high profile targets.