The soccer summer transfer window is always an interesting time as clubs try to strengthen themselves before the start of the season.
How did the football transfer window go in 2021?
The 2021 summer transfer window was without a doubt the most surprising in many years. From the shocking departure of Leo Messi from FC Barcelona and his frenetic arrival in Paris to Cristiano Ronaldo’s “home return” at Manchester United, it was full of twists and turns. But when did it start? When does it end? How is it in the individual leagues? Here we break it down for you.
For starters, the data for the 2021 summer transfer window is actually very similar to 2019 – the last regular window before the coronavirus pandemic affected football in 2020. According to the current status, the clubs can still sign players as free agents after the deadline, and as long as they are not officially assigned to a club on August 31st.
Premier League transfer deadline
The transfer market actually reopened on Wednesday June 9th, although most international deals didn’t close until July 1st. It is interesting to note that the window closed at 5:00 p.m. in 2019. BST on the Thursday before the first day of the season. However, this was actually a process and has since been abandoned. The window now runs through August 31st and ends at 11:00 PM BST. The winter window runs as usual throughout January.
The league’s transfer deadline
The Spanish Window was officially opened on July 1st and closes on Tuesday, August 31st at 10:59 p.m. BST. It is noteworthy that clubs will still sign free agents after this date and may sell or loan players to leagues in which the transfer market is still open. The winter window runs from January 3rd to 31st.
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Serie A transfer deadline
The market in Italy opened on July 1st and closes on Tuesday August 31st. In previous seasons it was closed the day before the start of the season, but like the Premier League, the previous structure held by France, Germany and Spain has now been revived. The winter window runs from January 3rd to 31st.
Bundesliga transfer date
German has set the transfer window to close on Tuesday, August 31st at 5:00 p.m. BST. As in Spain, clubs can still sign free agents after this date and sell or loan players to leagues where the window is still open. The window opened on July 1st. The winter window runs throughout January.
Ligue 1 transfer deadline
Ligue 1 opened its window on June 9th and closes it on Tuesday, August 31st at 11:59 p.m. BST, with the winter window spanning the entire month of January.
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MLS transfer deadline
The American market uses a slightly different structure. The Major League Soccer side window is closed on Thursday, August 5th. However, players may still be loaned to the USL Championship and League One teams and sold or loaned to clubs in foreign leagues.
Are there later transfer deadlines?
There are a handful of top leagues where they are still eligible to sign players after August 31st, with their respective transfer deadlines as follows:
September 7: Russia
September 8: Turkey
September 22nd: Mexico, Portugal
Oct 18: Australia
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