Transfer window: When can Chelsea start signing players this summer?

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Transfer window: When can Chelsea start signing players this summer?

This year's summer transfer window opens Thursday, May 17, which is in a couple of days time.

With the Premier League and EFL voting earlier this year to close the English transfer window at 5 p.m. BST on August 9, there will be an almighty scramble for new players this summer.

According to Sky Sports, there is to be a change in the transfer window dates, where Premier League clubs will now be able to conduct business beginning the 17th of May, and close on the 9th of August.

EFL clubs (40 for) also voted in favour of falling in line with the Premier League's new deadline meaning they will adopt the same rules.

There were a handful of high-profile transfers that occurred only after the Premier League season started, such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's move to Liverpool from Arsenal as well as Tottenham's deadline day scoop of Fernando Llorente - as well as Chelsea's last-minute deals for Danny Drinkwater and Davide Zappacosta.

The Premier League season is over and it's fair to say some teams fared better than others.

The EFL transfer window is already open. Clubs involved in play-offs can sign players now - but cannot play them until their season is over.

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That deadline only relates to buying players and the selling or loaning of players will still be able to take place up until August 31 - the deadline for the remainder of Europe. They can also sign free agents up until the same date.

In early September 2017, the headline news was that from now on the window would close before the season kicked off.

"Then we wouldn't have the situation of sometimes a player plays game number one for a team and game number two for another team".

Very quickly it became known that the next Summer Transfer Window would end on Thursday 9 August at 5pm, with the matches set to start that following weekend.

A number of big-money transfers are tipped to go through this summer.

The Premier League has confirmed the transfer window will open at midnight on May 17.

Press Affiliation Sport understands officers have opted to tug the opening again to subsequent Thursday in an effort to adjust to a Federation Internationale de Football Association rule which requires no less than one window to open for 12 weeks.

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