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Premier League clubs have voted to close the next summer transfer window before the 2018/2019 season begins.

The decision was taken on Thursday, after teams fought to keep their star players who had become unsettled this year.

Two sagas – Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho – were most prominent and dragged on until the window closed.

Consequently, in a bid to avoid this disruption, teams have elected to shut the next summer transfer window at 17:00 BST on the Thursday before the campaign begins.

14 clubs were in favour of the change, with five voting against it and one team abstaining.

The decision will not impact the length of the window, simply meaning that the registration period in England will open earlier than it currently does.

It also means if other European leagues continue to allow the movement of players until August 31, they will still be able to buy players from the English top flight, but will not be able to sell their stars to Premier League clubs.

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