Details of the new Premier League transfer window which opens this week…

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Next season undoubtedly has a slew of treats and surprises, such as who will be named successor to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and whether or not Antonio Conte will get the axe after guiding Chelsea to a disappointing fifth-placed finish in the Premier League table.

Don't even think about the World Cup, which begins June 14 in Russian Federation when the hosts take on Saudi Arabia in Moscow, because that will just get in the way.

The Premier League have agreed to open the window early, in order to comply with Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations.

The thinking behind it from the clubs is that players will not become unsettled with transfer speculation once the season has kicked off on August 11.


The regulations of the world's governing body state that every league must have at least one transfer window in a calendar year that lasts for 12 weeks. "But there are so many reasons why it's nearly impossible to get all your business done early".

That deadline only relates to buying players and the selling or loaning of players will still be able to take place up until August 31 - the deadline for the remainder of Europe. Clubs involved in play-offs can sign players now - but cannot play them until their season is over.

Another obstacle to early business is that player contracts do not expire until June 30, so most business must wait until the beginning of July.

Managers tend to want their new players signed and added to the squad before the start of preseason training - usually the first week of July - but that rarely happens these days.

But the Premier League's decision to bring forward the close date this year means the start date can also be moved. If they decide to cash in on a player, he can not then be replaced until January, but if the money is too good to turn down, which route do they take?

In France, the transfer window will open on June 9. Some of them will be costly.

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