ManU Reportedly Among Clubs Opposed To Closing Transfer Window Early
ManU is among "a number of Premier League clubs" that have reservations about "closing the transfer window before the start of the season," according to Jason Burt of the London TELEGRAPH. Plans are reportedly "well advanced" and already at "approval level" in a "huge development" for English football which is likely to be implemented next year. While it appears "the majority of clubs are set to back the move" -- and the English Football League has already announced it is considering following the EPL's lead -- there are "serious concerns." Watford is one club that will oppose it. Chief among those concerns is "the possible competitive disadvantage English clubs will face over the rest of Europe," especially those clubs that are involved in European competition with overseas clubs still able to trade -- including buying players from the Premier League -- up until the window closes at the end of August. ManU said that it "would not comment on the proposal ahead of the next Premier League shareholders meeting" but it is understood that ManU and Watford "are not alone in having concerns." Arsenal Manager Arsène Wenger warned that although he would be in favor of the change, "it may place English clubs at a disadvantage." He said, "Let's not forget that people who are not happy will sometimes go abroad to different countries and that will not stop" (TELEGRAPH, 8/16).