All the details you need ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League transfer window and the changes to the Sky Bet EFL window.
Here’s all the information you need about the summer window, including when it opens and shuts, what it means for Premier League and EFL clubs, and what happens around Europe…
When does the window open and close?
The Premier League has confirmed the transfer window will open at 00.01 on Thursday, May 16.
It will then close at 5pm on Thursday, August 8 before the start of the new Premier League season.
So clubs can sign players from May 16?
Yes. In fact, deals can be agreed before May 16. However, the paperwork cannot be processed until the window has officially opened.
That means domestic transfers can be completed from midnight on May 16, but transfers from abroad can only be finalised once the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) opens at midnight on June 9.
Clubs are able to buy players from any country as long as their own window is open, which means Premier League clubs can still sell players after their window closes on August 8.
That’s because other leagues have different windows and will still be open…
- Premier League ins and outs
- Transfer Centre – follow our live blog
What are the windows for other leagues?
In France, the transfer window will open on June 11. In Italy and Germany it will be on July 1 and in Spain it will be on July 2.
The Italian window closes earlier ahead of the new campaign – on August 18 – while the France, Spain and Germany windows slam shut on August 31.
What about EFL clubs?
The Sky Bet Championship transfer window will now close on the same date as the Premier League (August 8) at 5pm following an approved vote to match their cut-off date for transfers.
However, in a new change for the 2019/20 campaign, League One and League Two clubs will have until 5pm on Monday, September 2 – due to August 31 falling on a Saturday.
The window opens on Monday, May 6 for domestic transfers. Clubs involved in play-offs can sign players now – but cannot play them until their season is over.
What about loans?
Championship clubs can no longer sign players on loan after August 8. However, League One and League Two clubs will have until September 2.
Where can you follow all the latest transfer news?
As well as keeping an eye on Sky Sports News, you can make sure you don’t miss a thing with our dedicated Transfer Centre blog.