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When does the summer transfer window close and why is it later than usual this year?

It’s been a busy few months for clubs with a hectic couple of days expected before the deadline.

1 September will be a busy day for Jim White and co.
1 September will be a busy day for Jim White and co.

THE 2015 BRITISH summer transfer window, which officially opened at 12am on Wednesday 1 July, closes slightly later than usual this year.

The deadline is set to pass at 6pm on Tuesday 1 September, whereas in most of Europe’s other top leagues — Spain, Italy, France, Germany and Holland — the window only stays open until 11.59pm on 31 August.

The transfer window in Portugal, meanwhile, remains open until 22 September.

The reason the transfer window is staying open later than usual in Britain is due to it being a Bank Holiday there on 31 August, with the rules stipulating that the deadline must occur on a working day.

The next transfer window opens at 12am on 1 January 2016, with Premier League clubs not allowed to buy any players before then once the window closes, although there are the following exceptions: 1. They can request to sign a player on an emergency basis, such as if several of their goalkeepers get injured. 2. The player they want to sign is a free agent and they were released by their previous club before the transfer deadline.

h/t Telegraph Sport

Originally published Tuesday at 08.58

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