Everything you need to know about the summer transfer window

The Great British summer has finally arrived and with it comes the main football transfer window, a time of the sporting year that football fans view with a mixture of amusement at the improbable speculation, excitement as fresh talent signs on the dotted line with their beloved clubs, and frustration as a target decides to ply his trade with a rival team.

High finance

It’s also a time when the general public joins the football-mad fraternity in being staggered by the sheer size of modern transfer fees. In the summer transfer window of 2016, Premier League clubs spent an astonishing £1.194 billion on incoming talent. What is the transfer window all about?

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Rationale

Historically, clubs purchased players at will throughout most of the year and there were cogent reasons for modifying the system. Clubs, for example, now need to plan their squad development much more strategically because they can’t just buy players during the season to fill squad gaps. This means that richer clubs lose a potentially unfair advantage. It is similarly felt that restricting transfers to particular times of the year promotes stability, allowing a club to depend – subject to attrition through injury – on having a squad of players settled throughout the season.

Duration of the window

The summer window opens on 1 July each year and closes at the end of August. During this time, clubs are formally permitted to sign contracts with players. From June 1, however, clubs and players are allowed to hold discussions. Players who have been released by their clubs can sign up with new teams outside of this window. The rules are strictly applied, but since so many transactions are completed on the final day of the transfer window, there are instances in which players who missed the deadline

by a matter of hours have been permitted to register with their new clubs.

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Media interest

The media coverage means that many young people become interested in football. There are many clubs and leagues specialising in youth development, and football team kits can be procured affordably at such sites as https://www.kitking.co.uk/ so parents can comfortably encourage their kids in the sport.

Even if your child is never the subject of a multi-million-pound transfer, he or she will have lots of healthy fun!