LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 24, 2016: The official Nike Premier League match-ball during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Guide to the new Premier League summer transfer window

The transfer window is now OPEN! May 17 was the new date for the opening of the Premier League‘s summer transfer window, after changes were implemented this year.

It means that clubs can now officially make signings, although any transfers from abroad can only be finalised on June 8, when FIFA open their window.

The biggest change though is the closing of the transfer window before the new season begins.

The 2018/19 season starts on the weekend of August 11, with the transfer window closing on Thursday, August 9 at 5pm.

The Football League window also closes at the same time, but EFL clubs can sign players on loan until the end of August – meaning Liverpool could still loan young players out after the window closes on August 9.

Players can also be sold to clubs abroad whose windows are still open, with the Spanish, Italian, German and French windows remaining open until August 31.

For Liverpool, they already have one signing completed this summer, with midfielder Naby Keita officially joining the club on July 1.

Jurgen Klopp likes to make summer signings as early as possible, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain‘s switch on deadline day last year very much an anomaly; he is the only player Klopp has signed in the final month of the window, with all other summer signings being completed in June or July.

Of course, with the Champions League final still over a week away, and the World Cup starting shortly after, it will be difficult for clubs to get business done early.

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