Deadline for transfer deals between Premier League and EFL clubs could be extended to October 19

No decision has yet been reached for the start and end date of the summer transfer window but talks are ongoing for an extended window between Premier League and EFL clubs, it has emerged.
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Club bosses met on Thursday to discuss plans for the summer and possible start dates for the 2020-21 campaign.

No firm decisions have yet been made but it appears likely the Premier League will follow UEFA guidance that international deals and transfers between top-flight clubs will be concluded by October 5.

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However, the Press Association report that clubs from the top flight and EFL are in talks over a two-week extension for deals involving those leagues which could see business conducted right up until October 19.

Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson.Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson.
Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson.

Firm decisions on the transfer window dates are expected before July 24 when the shareholders’ next meet.

The UEFA proposed Monday, October 5, date is a fortnight before the group stages of the 2020-21 Champions League and Europa League are due to begin.

The scheduling of domestic cup competitions is a factor when deciding on start dates for next season.

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Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson and CEO Jim Rodwell have both long called for some much-needed clarity soon on start dates for next season to allow clubs to properly plan.

Speaking last month, Parkinson said: “The key now is to work out when the season is going to start, and when crowds are going to be allowed back in because ultimately for all clubs that is going to determine levels of wages and budgets.”