Leeds United could be able to sign players until 6 October if they get promoted as Premier League clubs prepare to vote this week on the dates for this summer’s transfer window.
The window in England was originally scheduled to open on 8 June, before the domestic season was suspended in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A Premier League source has told Football Insider that a proposal that will be voted on at their next shareholders meeting on Thursday is for the window to open on 27 July and close on 5/6 October.
Premier League and EFL clubs were given the opportunity to register any pre-agreements, including Timo Werner’s blockbuster transfer to Chelsea, during a one-day opening of the window on 1 July after the FA was granted permission from FIFA.
Now, Premier League clubs will decide when the main business will be done this summer during Thursday’s conference call.
The plan is for the window to open when the Premier League season finishes and then run into October.
World governing body FIFA allows individual associations to decide when to open and shut their transfer windows, allowing them to run in the summer for a maximum of 12 weeks.
The pandemic and the late ends to most domestic leagues means new plans are being put in place for this year.
This will have a major knock-on effect for the planning of Championship leaders and automatic promotion favourites Leeds.
It means they would be able to potentially negotiate the permanent signing of loan star Ben White with Brighton until the first week in October.
Another top target is Reading midfielder John Swift and, with the EFL set to follow the same timetable as the Premier League, that is another deal that may not be sealed for three more months.
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