How Premier League became global playground

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The EFL Board and its clubs have previously expressed the opinion that closing the summer transfer window in advance of the season commencing would be an improvement on the current position. The example given by the Guardian was Philippe Coutinho; if the PL's transfer window was already closed and another European league managed to finally pry him from Merseyside, Klopp's hands would be bound in finding some kind of alternative for his roster until the winter window opened up.

This could easily be exploited among the Champions League teams.

When asked for his thoughts, Jones said: "It's hard, we've been fortunate this year that the board have backed me and we've got our targets in early".

Transfer deadline day at the end of August once again promises to be a "chaotic finale of last-minute deals", says the paper, and the opening weeks of the campaign are likely to be overshadowed by events off the pitch.

He went on: "Some place huge significance on who starts the first game of the season and they think that this determines their future for the rest of the season - and I was guilty of that as a player". But their best bit of business could well prove to Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez, who scored 16 goals in all competitions last season.

Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League Play Off 1st Leg match against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe  Propagan
How Premier League became global playground

I'd even decided not to put Lukaku in my dream team to make it a double blow.

Few days back, we covered a report (via Daily Mail) claiming that Chelsea have made a bid to sign England global and Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the summer transfer window. "Other teams have it at different times". Most clubs launch their kit between June and July, fans want to buy them but parents - understandably - don't want to commit to putting names and numbers on shirts because they're not 100 per cent who's going to be there, or whether new players are going to come.

"So they think, maybe I should move".

Both the Premier League and EFL will meet next month to discuss possible modifications, one which includes closing it before the start of the season, as it now runs until August 31. At least this way they - and we - can broadly concentrate on actual football between September and December, then February and May. The Premier League clubs will still have the right to sell players out of England after the League starts, but won't be able to recruit new ones. Perhaps removing transfer windows altogether would ultimately be beneficial. Brighton's Premier League debut did not go well last weekend but they could take away some positives.

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