Pros and cons to Premier League transfer window

Manchester United
Paul Pogba is going nowhere according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Premier League transfer window shut on August 8 but it remains open across the other big European Leagues until early September.

It is the second year in a row that the English top-flight opted to close the transfer window before the start of the new season, rather than waiting until the end of the summer like they did previously.

The idea behind the decision was to ensure teams had a settled squad heading into the new campaign and managers and players alike could focus on the season rather than worrying about the transfer market.

The idea in principle is certainly an admirable one, but the fact that none of the other big European leagues followed suit has left the Premier League vulnerable.

Indeed, the transfer windows in Italy, Spain, France and Germany don’t close until September 2 and it means clubs from those leagues can still sign players from England until that date, without worrying about losing their own stars to the division.

Indeed, there could still be some big departures from the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba continuing to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, while Los Blancos also hold an interest in Tottenham ace Christian Eriksen, as do Juventus.

If a substantial bid were to come in for Pogba or Eriksen and the player made it clear he wanted to go, then it would put United and Spurs in a difficult position, as they would not be able to sign a replacement, but if they opted to keep the player, then it could upset the harmony within the dressing room.

Of course, there are positives to the transfer window closing early, particularly if you have a bloated squad that needs trimming down, as it allows you time to assess your ranks and move players on.

Chelsea appear to be doing that effectively this summer, as, despite being unable to sign players due to a transfer embargo, they still have a big squad.

Davide Zappacosta is expected to complete a season-long loan move to Roma over the coming days, while the Blues could also offload the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kenedy and Michy Batshuayi.

Other Premier League clubs have also benefited from the longer European window, with Leicester offloading midfielder Andy King to Rangers, Everton selling forward Henry Onyekuru to Monaco and Manchester City allowing centre-back Eliaquim Mangala to return to Valencia on a permanent basis.

More players are likely to exit the Premier League over the coming weeks, both with and without the blessing of their respective clubs, with the general consensus being the decision to close the transfer window before the start of the season is the right one, but only as and when the rest of Europe follow suit.