FIFA are formulating plans for a consistent transfer deadline across world football, which would aid Premier League sides after their setback this year.
The summer window closed in England at 5pm on Thursday evening, with Liverpool one of few clubs enjoying a quiet deadline day after securing four key signings earlier in the summer.
With the World Cup ending on July 15, the Premier League and Football League’s decision to bring forward their deadline from August 31 prompted a rush of business.
Though admirable, with clubs agreeing to close the domestic window before the top-flight campaign begins on Friday, this came at a disadvantage as other leagues in Europe failed to follow suit.
This leaves sides still uncertain over the futures of key names, with potential moves to La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 or the Bundesliga a clear setback when there is no prospect of signing replacement.
According to the Times, however, FIFA are “planning to introduce a standardised global transfer window,” closing for each league the day before their season begins.
“Fifa’s proposals stop short of introducing a uniform window, as domestic league start dates vary globally,” Matt Hughes writes, “but would reduce the disparities between countries.”
This could come into effect for next season, though it is stressed that Premier League clubs are still considering pushing the deadline back to August 31 after this summer’s struggle.
“There is most disquiet among the biggest clubs, as they are the ones most likely to have players targeted by foreign clubs and less time to sign players from their domestic rivals,” Hughes adds.
There was speculation over the future of Georginio Wijnaldum earlier in the summer, but it highly unlikely he pushes for a proposed move to Turkey, with a key role lined up at Anfield.