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The Premier League said on Wednesday (July 15) that the 2020 summer transfer window will open for 10 weeks from July 27 and close on Oct 5, with a domestic-only window for English Football League (EFL) clubs until Oct 16.

The league made the announcement after all shareholders agreed on the dates. It added that the transfer window was subject to the approval of FIFA.

The window, which has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent late finish to the season, opens one day after the completion of the top-flight campaign.

“Following consultation with the EFL, a domestic-only window will be added from Oct 5, closing 1700 (local time) on Oct 16,” the league said in a statement.

“During this window, Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs (either loans or permanent registrations). No transfers can take place between Premier League clubs in this period.”


World football governing body FIFA had said in April that it would be flexible with transfer windows and allow them to be moved “so they fall between the end of the old season and the start of the new season”.

Clubs had been previously granted a one-day window to register new players on July 1.

“But clubs have been announcing new signings for the 2020-21 campaign. No signings announced after July 1 will be registered by the Premier League until the beginning of the summer 2020 transfer window,” the league said.

“So any new signings will only be able to play in 2020-21.”



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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