Chelsea and Tottenham among Premier League clubs regretting decision to close transfer window early

The clubs decided to bring forward deadline day to Thursday, August 9 this year – two days before the start of the season.

That decision had followed calls from fans, pundits and some managers that allowing the window to remain open after the season started created an unfair competition.

But, according to the Daily Mail, some clubs believe the decision has backfired – especially in a World Cup year.

The tournament means there would have been less time to negotiate anyway.

Chopping a further three weeks off has only made matters worse for the Prem clubs.

Prices for players remain high and there is now less time to negotiate down to a more reasonable fee.

What's more, the European window will remain open for longer and so foreign clubs can wait until after the August 9 deadline to make moves for unwanted Prem players.

Those players will be available at much cheaper prices as clubs will have no option but to sell outside of England.

Adding an extra complication to matters is the fact that players who are at the World Cup will not return from international duty for a while – England players will have a two-week break after the tournament, for example.

Danny Rose and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are two such examples.

The early deadline means Manchester United and Tottenham may not have enough time to negotiate a fee for Rose that suits both parties.

Incoming Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will also have to decide what he wants to do with Loftus-Cheek, but will only have a limited amount of time to reach a conclusion.

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