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Premier League clubs voted to end the summer 2018 window on the Thursday before the start of the season – on August 9 rather than August 31 as before.
The thinking behind the decision is to avoid the disruption of players moving clubs after the season has started.
Fifa rules dictate the window must be open for 12 weeks which will mean the date clubs can start to sign players has also be brought forward.
The changes mean the window will be due to open on May 17, just a few days after the final games of the league season on May 13.
Clubs will be able to sell players until August 31 but they won’t be able to bring in replacements after the deadline of August 9.
At the moment, the Premier League is the only league to have brought in the new ruling but the Football League could decide to follow their example.