It feels… weird, but a number of credible media outlets claim to have equally credible sources verifying that Manchester City and Manchester United were two of the five clubs, along Swansea, Crystal Palace and Watford, that voted against moving the transfer deadline.
In a… historic decision, most Premier League clubs (14, as Burnley abstained) agreed that the transfer window should shut down at least a day before the start of the season, and definitely not two or three weeks after its start.
What makes Manchester United’s (much more than Man City’s) stance in the vote look weird, is that just a couple of weeks ago, Jose Mourinho was very-very clear talking to reporters, saying that the transfer deadline should be moved, so that when every new season starts, every manager knows exactly on which players he can count on.
Some expressed worries, because the transfer deadline in the rest of Europe remains set for August 31, but less than a day after the PL clubs vote, news have come from other major football countries, Italy and Germany to name two, with top football officials saying in public that it’s time for their own clubs to follow into the footsteps of the PL.
The Premier League’s decision to end the transfer window early is wise. Now we have to extend the discussion to a European level
Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta told the club’s official website, and he wasn’t the only one.