Clubs in the Premier League have started discussions over the time at which the transfer window will close.
The window currently closes on 31 August, but managers including Jurgen Klopp and our very own Paul Clement have made it clear that they would rather it closed before the start of the Premier League season.
A vote on the matter will take place at the next shareholders meeting early next month.
Talks come after weeks of complications with various players throughout the Premier League, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Philippe Coutinho both absent on the opening day of the season due to transfer speculation.
Closer to home, the Swans have experienced the same with last season’s star man Gylfi Sigurdsson, who’d proposed £50m transfer to Everton has been on the cards for close enough to a month.
Paul Clement spoke out after a goalless draw at Southampton – in which the Swans looked toothless to say the least – claiming that the ongoing ‘Sigurdsson-saga’ could see the club leaving it until deadline day to complete their transfer business. Clement said:
For me, I want players in as soon as possible but the reality is it could go to the last day in terms of ‘ins
It’s not an ideal scenario for the Swans, who despite the signings of £12m midfielder Roque Mesa and loanee Tammy Abraham, still have plenty of work to do to avoid another relegation scrap this season.
A better situation would be if the transfer window closed before the start of the season. I don’t really understand why it goes to the end of August. I know there’s talks about that changing in future. That’s my opinion that it should do.
An earlier closure of the transfer window would allow so called ‘smaller clubs’ such as the Swans, to ensure that their key assets are sold prior to the opening day of the Premier League season. Prolonging speculation, as has happened with Gylfi Sigurdsson, puts pressure on the club to sell in order reinvest adequately.
With the club still said to be unsure as to whether Sigurdsson will actually be leaving or not, they are unwilling to risk spending less money on players who are effectively, their second choice.
It has been widely reported that the club have targeted former club icons Wilfried Bony and Joe Allen as potential options to bolster Paul Clement’s squad, while former Tottenham forward Nacer Chadli has been linked with the club as a potential replacement for Sigurdsson. These deals cannot be done with the club still in the dark regarding a record-breaking income of £50m.
While the change would have many internal benefits to Premier League clubs, it would likely have a detrimental affect on the teams fighting for Champions League places as the agreement would not stretch to denying players moves abroad.
With fourteen clubs needed to be in favour for any changes to be considered, it is looking increasingly likely that we could see an entirely different transfer window next Summer.
The question is, will that be one year too late where the Swans are concerned?