When the transfer window closes in the best European leagues
It’s here. This is the day of the transfer deadline. The clock is ticking for teams looking to make one last splash to get them through the summer.
Clubs across Europe are all working to find the last missing piece of the puzzle, but different leagues will have their windows closed at different times, and tracking those who can still dip their toe in the water can be a bit difficult. .
Here’s a breakdown of the deadlines (GMT) that each major league is working on.
The Premier League will give teams enough time to close their deals, keeping the window open until 11:00 p.m. (GMT).
Things usually drag on late into the night in England. If they come to an agreement to sign a player, teams can submit a contract sheet to the Premier League to give them a short extension to get the documents signed.
Liverpool are scrambling to sign two center-backs and Manchester United are hoping to get rid of a few more of their marginal players, so there is plenty to keep you entertained until the window closes.
Teams in Spain will have every last second of their day to make deals. La Liga teams will have up to one minute before midnight to finalize their business, which in GMT, will see their window close at 22:59.
This does not mean that the signings will stop tonight, however. Barcelona could get injured in a few weeks and decide they need an emergency window to poach the best player of a struggling team to stay afloat. Hi, Martin Braithwaite.
His 7:00 p.m. for Serie A teams, who are smart enough to know that everything needs to be done in time so that those involved can get a good night’s sleep when all is said and done.
We’ve seen AC Milan signing players left, right and center this winter – could there be more new faces at San Siro?
Better not to hang out in Germany today. If a Bundesliga team wants to sign a player, they must do so by 5:00 p.m..
This time frame could also be crucial for teams looking to buy in Germany. Liverpool are interested in Schalke’s center-back Ozan Kabak, but he will only be released if the German side can find a replacement in time.
Like the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 also asked its 20 teams to settle everything by 5:00 p.m..
One of the biggest deals in France could involve Barcelona center-back Jean-Clair Todibo, who is expected to cut short his loan spell with Benfica to join Nice.
Taking the term “deadline” literally, the Scottish parties will have 24 hours to make their signatures before the window closes on 00:00.
Celtic are looking for a new defender, with Everton’s Jonjoe Kenny at the top of the wishlist, and they should be given more time than necessary to finalize the deal.
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