Are We About To Witness The End Of The Transfer Deadline Day Saga?

New Premier League rules are set to shake-up the transfer window

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Along with sun-drenched pitches, fresh optimism and the inevitable false dawn in August from Arsenal, the transfer deadline 'Saga' is a ubiquitous part of each new Premier League season, but it could be set to change if the league's clubs have their way.

According to Telegraph Sport, the transfer window will, as of next year, shut ­before the start of the season in changes that are ­expected to be approved by the Premier League next month; stopping the likes of Phillipe Coutinho and Virgil Van Dijk leaving their teams in the sh*t after the season has already begun.

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Sure, there'll still be a transfer deadline day, so to speak - but it'll be a far more orderly affair, meaning Peter Odemwingie won't have to flee the training ground and race down the M40 anymore.

The issue has been placed on the agenda for the next meeting of Premier League chairmen on 7 September, with sources claiming that it is already at "approval level."

Managers like Pep Guardiola have recently criticised the current length of the window, with the City manager saying: "Unfortunately the market finishes on August 31st. I think that's a huge mistake from UEFA."

"I think the market should finish when we start the season, it's too long, too large. We are playing here with guys who maybe will not continue, or with players who are coming but are not here"

You're not going anywhere, Virgil

If all goes according to plan, the ­deadline will be brought forward to the week before the start of the 2018-19 Premier League season, with almost all of the 20 clubs understood to be behind the idea, except for Watford.

But no one likes Watford anyway, so their opinion doesn't matter.

We'll miss the drama, but it does make sense, doesn't it?