The Premier League has brought forward the close of the transfer window to 6pm on Tuesday, September 1. League bosses decided to shift the deadline from 11pm on Tuesday 1 September to 5pm the same day. Jim White and Natalie Sawyer have historically presented together for Sky Sports’ deadline day coverage
The departure from the traditional finishing hour has been prompted by UEFA’s missive to clubs that the deadline for submitting Champions League squads is midnight on the same day. The Premier League have acted to give United, City, Chelsea and Arsenal vital hours to register any new players bought on the final day and then to send the list of the European squads to UEFA.
Meanwhile the change of deadline will allow clubs, Chelsea, the Manchester clubs and Arsenal, to comply with FIFA own cut-off point for submitting Champions League squads which is 11pm. Chelsea, Arsenal and City earned automatic qualification for the Champions League group stage after finishing in the top three of the Premier League last term. Moving the deadline will greatly help the quartet get their transfer activity completed and leave them a few hours to arrange their European squads.
But United must navigate through a tricky playoff round where they face the prospect of meeting Lazio, Monaco, Sporting Lisbon or CSKA Moscow in a double header in August. The good news for the 20 Premier League clubs is that they have an extra day to do their business, the window having been extended to 1 September because of the last day of August is Bank Holiday Monday.
In recent years some of the biggest moves have come in the final hours. MesutOzil joined Arsenal on deadline day in 2013 while Kurt Zouma went to Stamford Bridge.
United were famously involved in a last minute dash two years ago when MarouaneFellaini had to motor over in the dark from Everton’s Finch Farm training ground to the Reds Carrington complex as the minutes ticked by to the deadline. They also signed RadamelFalcao and Daley Blind on deadline day, while they sold Danny Welbeck to Arsenal. It could cause clubs bigger problems in that all the dashing in the dark will have to be done in the rush hour. Perhaps more will take the Juan Mata route when he arrived at United by helicopter.
The transfer deadline for Scottish Professional Football League clubs is midnight on September 1. The Football League deadline is yet to be confirmed.