BREAKING NEWS: Premier League to close window before 2018-19 season starts

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The Premier League has announced changes to the closure of its transfer window, which will shut at 17:00 on the Thursday before the 2018-19 season.

In recent years, deadline day has fallen on either the final day of August or the first day of September, by which point the campaign is two or three weeks old.

In a media conference on Thursday, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reiterated his stance that the window should close before the games get under way, in order to avoid key players becoming unsettled.

And in a statement released by the Premier League later on Thursday, it was announced the clubs had voted in favour of the changes.

Only clubs in England's top flight are subject to the alteration and they will still be able to sell any players once the new deadline has passed.