When does the 2019 summer transfer window open and close? Premier League, EFL and European dates

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This summer promises to be a busy one

The 2019 summer transfer window could well be one of the busiest ever as teams around Europe look to strengthen.

It’s been a thrilling season both at home and abroad and now the hectic business of buying and selling can begin.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard is being linked with a big-money move this summer

Several big-money deals have already been sorted – Christian Pulisic to Chelsea and Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona – and there will no doubt be a host more.

So when can the clubs get their spending underway and when must they get it down by?


Summer transfer window: When does it open and close?

The transfer window will open at 00.01 on Thursday, May 16.

It will then close again at 5pm on Thursday, August 8 before the new Premier League season get underway.


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Deals are already being discussed between teams but domestic deals can only be completed from midnight on May 16.

Transfers from abroad can only be made official when the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) opens at midnight on June 9.

Trading can then carry on until the deadline but English teams will still be able to sell abroad as other countries have different closure dates.

Antoine Griezmann is set to leave Atletico Madrid after five seasons

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Antoine Griezmann is set to leave Atletico Madrid after five seasons

The Spanish transfer window will open on July 2 while the French opens on June 11 and in Italy and Germany it will be on July 1.

Spain, France and Germany will all close their windows on August 31 while it will end on August 18 in Italy.

Summer transfer window: What about EFL clubs?

The EFL window opened on Monday, May 6 for domestic transfers but players signed can not play until after the season and play-offs are done.

The Championship transfer window will then close on the same date as the Premier League while League One and League Two clubs will have until 5pm on Monday, September 2.

Championship clubs will not be able to sign players on loan after August 8 but League One and League Two clubs can do so until September 2.

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