December 1, 2017

When Does The Transfer Window Open?  (Sky Sports)

Virgil van DijkClubs will get the chance to buy, sell and loan players again in January - here are all the details about the window...

When does the transfer window open?

As the bongs ring out to bring in the New Year, clubs will be allowed to start signing players again as the window reopens at one minute past midnight on January 1, 2018.

When does the transfer window close?

Teams will have their fax machines running until January 31 at 11pm, which is when the window slams shut on Deadline Day.

Do European leagues have different dates?

The major European leagues also end their transfer window on the final day of January, meaning clubs in La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and the Bundesliga will be working to the same timescales as Premier League clubs. Portugal's window closes on January 2.

Can we expect more investment from China?

In recent windows, we've seen what the financial might of Chinese clubs can do in the transfer market, with the likes of Oscar and Ramires swapping England for the Chinese Super League. However, despite the Chinese window being open until February 28, it's unlikely that we will see similar levels of spending from CSL clubs after a change in rules.

Now, if a transfer fee below £5.3m is paid for a player then the same amount needs to be invested in the club's youth set-up. If the fee is higher than £5.3m then the club must give the same figure to the state's football development fund, meaning all foreign transfer fees are now double.

Will it be a record-breaking window for transfer spending?

This summer's window resulted in Premier League teams spending £1.4bn on new acquisitions. As with all winter windows, it is highly unlikely that clubs will get anywhere near that figure, as January is a time for tweaking rather than major overhauls of playing staff. Last January £215m was spent by Premier League clubs.

How to follow transfer news on Sky Sports

Sky Sports News will bring you updates throughout January on the latest news and deals on channel 409.

If you're on the move, you can keep up to date with our dedicated Transfer Centre across our digital platforms, featuring the latest news, views and analysis.

You can also stay up to speed through social media - our Twitter accounts @SkySportsNews and @SkySportsPL will bring you the latest developments, while the Sky Sports Facebook page will host the best news, views and reaction.

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