There are just two days remaining of the transfer window and right now Premier League clubs are surely thinking what a daft idea it was to bring the closure of the window forward.
At least this year, given the World Cup and players away for extended periods on holiday.
That hasn’t stopped a number of frantic buys with big fees and you can expect plenty more between now and Thursday.
Alisson is currently the Premier League’s biggest signing this summer – a cool £67m from Roma. But Chelsea impending signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga for £71m will top that.
So – when exactly does the summer transfer window close?
Here’s all you need to know…
Biggest deals of 2018 in Premier League
Alisson – £67m – Roma to Liverpool
Riyad Mahrez – £60m – Leicester to Man City
Jorginho – £57m – Napoli to Chelsea
Naby Keita – £54m – RB Leipzig to Liverpool
Fred – £50m – Shakhtar to Man United
Fabinho – £43m – Monaco to Liverpool
Richarlison – £40m – Watford to Everton
When does the transfer window close?
Usually the summer window runs into the start of the new season, not closing until the end of August.
But the FA have announced that all deals must be completed before the first game of the domestic season kicks off.
FIFA’s official deadline is the August 31, but for English clubs the official closing time is at 5pm on Thursday August 9, ahead of the season’s curtain raiser between Manchester United and Leicester on August 10.
That means clubs have over three weeks’ less time than previous years – cue deadline day pandemonium like we’ve never seen before.
Summer transfer window 2018
When do transfer windows close around the rest of Europe?
Every other big league in Europe – ie La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 – are taking advantage of the official deadline of August 31.
That could mean the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain could pinch Premier League players after the window in England slams shut.
Where do loan moves come into all of this?
Previously, clubs who failed to get their business done could still bring in fresh recruits on an emergency loan basis for up to three months at a time.
The FA scrapped the loan windows following increasing pressure from FIFA.
However, Football League clubs will now be allowed to bring in players on loan up until August 31, while they will also be able to make loan signings with view to a permanent transfer.
Clubs can also nab up a talented superstar on a freebie outside of the windows – but don’t count on it.
What were the big moves last summer?
The big news was the world record transfer of Brazilian Neymar from Barcelona to PSG for a huge £200 million – eclipsing the previous record of £89 million set by Paul Pogba the previous summer.
There were some huge moves in the Premier League too, with Romelu Lukaku joining Manchester United from Everton (£75 million), Alvaro Morata switching Real Madrid for Chelsea (£70 million), and Alexandre Lacazette heading to Arsenal from Lyon (an initial £46.5 million).
Elsewhere, Liverpool pulled off one of the coups of the summer by signing Mohammed Salah for £36.9 million from Roma, whilst Mancheser City splashed £51.75 million on full back Benjamin Mendy.
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