Normally, by July, we’d be deep into another transfer season and eagerly awaiting the start of pre-season ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. This year, after a three-month hiatus forced by coronavirus, we’re just now working through the final games of 2019-20.
For those more interested in offseason dealing than in the actual football—and judging by the existence of people on Twitter whinging Liverpool haven’t matched Manchester City’s average annual transfer spend before the window even opens, there are a few of you—we now have the dates for the 2020 summer transfer window.
The transfer window will open on July 27th, the Monday immediately following the final day of Premier League action for 2019-20. It will then be left open for a surprisingly lengthy ten weeks before slamming shut on Monday, October 5th.
That window will then be followed by something new: a short period during which Premier League clubs will be allowed to transfer players—on loan or permanently—to lower-league sides in England. That secondary window will run until October 16th, and transfers will not be allowed to take place between Premier League clubs.