El Real Madrid busca un acuerdo con Courtois

Circle the 9th August in red - it's an important date

OPINION

@ErnestFolch

A new change which has gone under the radar could radically change the transfer market this summer: The Premier League closes its market on the 9th August and no English club will be able to buy or replace players from that date until January.

When you're dealing with the league that has the strongest economy, for lots of clubs - such as Barça and Real Madrid - they depend on English sides finalising their squads before making their moves. Right now, Barça are waiting for Premier League teams to sign Yerry Mina, Andre Gomes and Jasper Cillessen. And at Real Madrid they hope to reach an agreement with Thibaut Courtois and convince Chelsea to sell Hazard, this after Barça found out his asking price was around €200m.

This change - Premier League closing on the 9th, La Liga on the 31st - has provoked a dynamic shift when it comes to transfer dealings. The priority is negotiating with English clubs first and then dealing with other leagues afterwards. Secondly, as the Premier League market is the most important, it's reduced the amount of time available and all negotiations are being rushed ahead of that early deadline. And finally, for the simple case that you need to sell before you can buy, expect to see a flurry of transfers in the next few days as everyone knows the English teams are richer after yet another increase in their TV rights package.

One of the most affected teams by this change could be Barcelona, who need to sell various players if they want to sign their first choice targets. With the World Cup over, we now enter the rollercoaster that is the transfer market with a date circled in red: all deals must be on course to be finalised ahead of 9th August.

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