When do the 2023/24 Premier League transfer windows open and close?
As always there will be two registration periods - the main summer one and a winter window. Last year, the English league set a new record with over £2 billion spent on transfer and loan deals.
It is shaping up to be a busy summer for several Premier League clubs with Arsenal and Newcastle expected to beef up their squads for their return to the Champions League while others, such as Liverpool, face the task of a large-scale overhaul. Arsenal make their return to European football’s top club tournament for the first time since the 2016/17 season - the most recent of 17 consecutive appearances in the competition. Newcastle meanwhile have only made it to the Champions League group stage twice - in 1997/8 they finished third behind Dinamo Kyiv and PSV and bowed out alongside Barcelona. Five years later, in 2002/3, they advanced a little further, making it as far as the ill-fated and hugely unpopular second group stage.
A number of Arsenal players will be entering the final year of their contacts and will be sold this summer to finance reinforcements as Mikel Arteta aims to tighten up some of the weaker areas of his team, particularly the midfield. One such case is Granit Xhaka, whose contract expires in June 2024 and is already reported to have an agreement with Bayer Leverkusen. Incoming players could include Declan Rice, Ilkay Gündogan, Moises Caicedo or Mason Mount. The Gunners splurged €192 million on transfers last season and brought in just under €24 million in sales.
Newcastle spend a similar sum, and broke the club transfer record to lure Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad for €70 million but spent carefully and wisely. Eddie Howe has a transfer war chest of around £100 million to spend to keep within Financial Fair Play restrictions. The Magpies had a €20 million bid for teenage striker Matheus Franca dismissed by Flamengo back at the start of the year and are in a position to submit an improved offer.
Manchester United will also be whipping out the cheque book to tweak their squad when the summer transfer window opens. There is still a question mark over David de Gea’s future - he will be out of contract in June and negotiations with his agents continue. If no agreement is reached and the Spanish keeper is free to leave, United have a number of options in mind including Borussia Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel, Valencia’s Girogi Mamardashvili, Porto’s Diogo Costa and Brentford’s David Raya. Other names being churned out of the rumour mill include Neymar, who is currently recovering from ankle surgery and may have reached the end of the line at PSG. Last year United’s expenditure was just under €250 million - the lion’s share of that going on three signings: Anthony, Casemiro and Lisandro Martínez.
Last year, Premier League clubs set a new record with over £2 billion spent on 400 transfer and loan deals over both windows and it looks like being another hectic summer with many of the top teams aiming to get deals over the line before the 11 p.m. deadline on Friday 1 September.
The Premier League first transfer window opens at midnight on Wednesday 14 June 2023 and closes at 11 p.m. BST on Friday 1 September 2023.
The Premier League’s second transfer window (the winter window) opens at midnight on Monday 1 January 2024 and will close at 11 p.m. GMT on Thursday 1 February 2024.
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