The Premier League transfer window is now OPEN: Everything to know

The Premier League transfer window is now officially OPEN! But when is deadline day? What about Europe? And who are the big names to look out for?

  • The Premier League summer transfer window is now officially OPEN
  •  It will run for 12 weeks, with deadline day falling after the new season begins
  • A number of high-profile players have already been linked with transfers

The domestic season may feel as if it’s only just closed, but Premier League clubs can now start planning for next season, with the summer transfer window officially open.  

Of course, it’s the European Championships, starting on June 11, that take centre stage, but the opening of the window only fuels the excitement further. 

England manager Gareth Southgate has stressed he does not anticipate that any of his players will complete a transfer while the Euros are ongoing, but with the likes of Harry Kane, Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling all linked with exits, nothing can be ruled out. 

Euro 2020 will undoubtedly have an impact on the timings of any deals that go through, however, while clubs’ finances across Europe have certainly been dented by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Yet, there are still a number of high-profile deals to be made, and Sportsmail understands Premier League clubs could get creative with exchange deals this summer.  

With the summer transfer window now open, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know. 

Liverpool have signed centre-back Ibrahima Konate in the first big move of the summer

Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero has also completed his move to Barcelona

As stated, the Premier League summer transfer window is now officially open.  

It means that, regardless of Southgate’s comments, transfers can officially be completed both before and during Euro 2020.     

The transfer window in Scotland will also run for the same dates. 

When is deadline day? 

Premier League clubs will have 12 weeks to complete their summer signings, with the window closing at 11pm BST on August 31. 

That means Premier League teams will still be able to sign players once the 2021/22 campaign has kicked off, with the start date of August 14 already confirmed.    

The Football League campaign begins a week earlier on 7 August.

Last season, top-flight clubs were given an extension to do deals with EFL teams, but no announcement to that effect has been made yet this time around. 

Is this the same across Europe?

The Premier League, when announcing the details for the summer transfer window, revealed that the dates would align with the other major European leagues. 

The windows in Germany, France, Spain and Italy will all close on the same day as the Premier League, on August 31, though the actual times may differ. 

However, while the Premier League window opens on June 9, Goal have reported that the windows in the other major European leagues won’t open until July 1.  

Who are the big names potentially on the move? 

The spending this summer is likely to be significantly impacted by the financial constraints brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.  

However, finances were also tight last summer and we certainly weren’t short of big-money moves, with the likes of Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Thomas Partey and Ruben Dias coming to the Premier League.  

And there will undoubtedly be a number of high-profile signings made this summer, with Liverpool already announcing the acquisition of centre-back Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig. 

Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero has left Manchester City and joined Barcelona, in the first major exit from the Premier League.  

But who else could me on the move this summer?  

Harry Kane

England captain Harry Kane has been open about his desire to leave Tottenham this summer

Where else to start but Harry Kane? The Tottenham star is likely to be one of the most talked about players this summer, after opening up on his desire to leave the club. 

Kane, who won both the Premier League Golden Boot and Playmaker awards this season, spoke candidly during an interview with Gary Neville, in which he admitted the ‘crossroads moment’ has now arrived. 

The 27-year-old believes he has a verbal agreement with Daniel Levy that will enable him to leave this summer, with Manchester City the favourites to sign the England captain. 

During the interview for an episode of The Overlap podcast, Kane also made it abundantly clear he has no desire to leave the Premier League at this stage of his career, with Manchester United and Chelsea also interested.   

Of course, Levy will fight to keep Kane at all costs, but it will likely be a saga that continues throughout the summer – particularly with Tottenham still without a manager as things stand. 

Jadon Sancho

England star Jadon Sancho is once again heavily linked with a move to Manchester United

Jadon Sancho is another name who regularly finds himself at the forefront of Premier League transfer talk, and this summer is no different. 

Last year, Manchester United tried with all their might to sign the England international, but Borussia Dortmund were unwilling to reduce their £108million valuation – and United were unwilling to match it. 

Sportsmail understands the two clubs are once again in talks, with the relationship between the European giants improved from last summer.   

However, United will have to break the British transfer record if they are to sign the 21-year-old, with the two clubs still a distance away in their negations. 

Importantly, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to receive the full backing from the United board.     

Erling Haaland

The in-demand Erling Haaland looks as if he will stay at Borussia Dortmund this summer

Erling Haaland is also never far away from a transfer story, particularly with reports that an £86m release clause in his contract will become active from next year. 

And again, it’s Manchester City and United who are involved, with both clubs in the market for a top striker this summer. 

Champions League winners Chelsea are also said to be interested, though it’s understood manager Thomas Tuchel believes he can get more out of big-money signing Timo Werner. 

Additionally, reports in Spain have stated that Real Madrid will join the battle for the Norwegian should they miss out on Kylian Mbappe.  

However, for all the clubs interested, it does seem as if Erling Haaland will stay at Borussia Dortmund for at least another year.    

In an interview with NENT, Haaland insisted he would be respectful to his current deal in a hint that he’s set to stay.  

Spanish publication AS have also reported that Dortmund have placed a £172million asking price on the forward in an attempt to deter any interest. 

Kylian Mbappe  

Kylian Mbappe, 22, has just one year remaining on his Paris Saint-Germain contract

World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe is one of the hottest properties in football, still aged just 22-years-old. 

And Real Madrid, who are so reliant on a 33-year-old Karim Benzema, have been linked with a move for the Paris Saint-Germain star for some time now. 

To add to the speculation, Mbappe has just one year remaining on his PSG contract and is yet to agree to an extension – though the French club’s chances were boosted when Neymar committed his future to them in May.   

However, whether a financially bruised Madrid actually have the funds to sign Mbappe remains unclear. 

And importantly, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is adamant that the club will not sell Mbappe – or let him leave for free. 

‘I’ll be clear, Kylian is going to stay with PSG. We’re never going to sell him and he’ll never leave for free,’ Al-Khelaifi told L’Equipe.

Romelu Lukaku

Inter Milan and Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is linked with a return to the Premier League

Romelu Lukaku heads into this summer’s European Championships in fine form, having scored 30 goals in all competitions this season to help Inter Milan to their first league title in nine years.    

He also heads into the Championships as a man in demand, with Chelsea reportedly keen on bringing the Belgian back to Stamford Bridge, with Eurosport stating Roman Abramovich is personally leading the charge to sign the 28-year-old. 

However, the same report states that Chelsea could receive competition from Manchester City, who would be able to offer higher wages. 

Meanwhile, Inter president Steven Zhang has revealed the club have been hit hard by the pandemic, admitting it will impact their transfer policy. 

‘We must reduce costs and control risks. This obviously also influences the transfermarket strategy,’ he told Gazzetta Dello Sport.

There is nothing concrete with Lukaku as of yet, but he’s one to keep your eyes on. 

Jack Grealish 

Manchester City are interested in a move for Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish this summer

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish looks as if he will play a major role for England this summer, but he will also find himself at the centre of the transfer talk.  

Despite a lengthy lay-off due to a shin injury, Grealish was one of the standout performers in the Premier League last season. 

And once again, he’s attracting plenty of interest from England’s top clubs, with Sportsmail reporting at the end of May that Manchester City have made him their No1 midfield target this summer. 

They are even prepared to make him England’s first-ever £100m player. 

ESPN have now reported that Guardiola believes a move for Grealish is as important as Kane, and state Villa’s record move for Emiliano Buendia has given City encouragement that a deal can be reached.  

Again, expect this to be a lengthy story this summer.  

Lionel Messi 

It’s under a year since Lionel Messi submitted a transfer request and asked to leave Barcelona

Finally, we have Lionel Messi, whose future remarkably still remains unclear. 

The 33-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the end of the month, and Barcelona are yet to offer him a new deal – though they are in the process of putting one together. 

It’s just under 12 months ago since Messi sent shock waves around the world when he submitted a transfer request following Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.  

But the Argentinian performed a U-turn just 10 days later, confirming he would stay another year, and new Barcelona president Joan Laporta has recently confirmed talks are progressing well with his representatives.  

Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero – who has just completed a move to the Catalan giants – is hopeful he will play alongside national team-mate.  

‘We hope to play together, of course,’ Aguero said when asked if his arrival was an indicator that Messi had decided to stay at the club.

‘But what happens with Leo is a decision he will take with the club. It’s a pleasure to play with him. If he stays here, which I think he will, we will give our best for the club to achieve big things.’

However, PSG have also registered an interest, with president Al-Khelaifi telling L’Equipe: ‘Messi is at the end of his contract and all clubs have the right to talk to him and recruit him for next season.

‘What I can tell you, and you can believe me, is that all great players want to come to PSG.

‘All – just to be clear, I’m not saying that to answer you on Messi. It’s not possible to sign them all, since we have great players too.

‘And Messi is Messi, a fantastic player.’




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