FA in talks to move transfer window - reports
- Credit: Norwich City Football Club
The FA are discussing proposals to move the summer transfer window to August until October - according to reports.
The summer window was scheduled to open on June 18, but the enforced suspensions of football seasons across Europe means that date is now expected to change.
Norwich City’s Premier League season is set to resume on June 19, with a home fixture against Southampton kicking off the first weekend of behind closed doors fixtures.
Those fixtures will extend into July - meaning the transfer window would overlap with the conclusion of the current season.
Sky Sports are reporting that Fifa will release guidelines on the parameters between which new windows can be set - but they’ll allow individual associations to finalise their own plans.
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The FA are expected to consult with other countries to reach a consensus over a deadline, with the report stating that October 2 would become the final day of the window.
Other countries have already announced their plans for their transfer windows, with France electing to continue their scheduled dates after they decided to end the season prematurely.
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Although the French Football Federation are expected to extend the window to cater for international transfers, with an August to October time frame agreed.
Italy’s governing body has confirmed the country will move their transfer window after the Serie A’s restart was agreed for later this month. The window will open on September 1 and go through to October 5.
Whether the coronavirus pandemic will effect the nature of the transfer window remains unclear, although numerous clubs are expected to record a financial loss due to the shut down of competitions and impact of behind closed doors football.
City are bracing themselves for a loss of between £18m and £35m, although other Premier League clubs, such as Burnley are estimating a £50m deficit during this crisis.
The Canaries opted to bolster their squad during the January window through the additions of Lukas Rupp and Ondrej Duda - it seems they may have to wait to strengthen their squad further.