Is the transfer window open? Key dates for the Premier League, Serie A and more
As the current campaign draws to a close in countries around the world, many teams are already looking ahead to the new season and attracting potential new signings.
From the English Premier League to the Australian A-League, managers and behind-the-scenes staff will be working around the clock to identify players who can improve their respective teams ahead of 2022/23.
The Sporting News takes a look at when the transfer window opens in different parts of the world, as well as summarizing some of the key moves that could potentially happen this summer.
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When does the transfer window open and close?
- Officially, the summer transfer window in England will open on June 10, 2022 and end on September 1 at 11:00 p.m. local time.
- International transfers are expected to take place on July 1 (i.e. Erling Haaland to Manchester City).
- EFL clubs can sign players on emergency loans after the deadline.
- The summer transfer window in Spain will open on July 1, 2022 and end on September 1 at 10:59 p.m.
- Largely similar to the English window as far as international transactions are concerned.
- No major European tournaments scheduled for this summer, which means it will be easier to make transfers than the competitive World Cup/EURO years.
Germany and Italy
- In Germany and Italy, their transfer window will start on July 1, 2022 and end on September 1 at 5:00 p.m. CEST.
- This corresponds to the starting point of the Spanish window, which is common practice for most European leagues.
- Ligue 1 and other French tiers will follow the path of the Premier League, opening for business on June 10, while it closes on September 1 at 11:59 p.m.
- International transactions will more than likely take place in July.
Transfer windows beyond Europe – key leagues in North, South America and Australia
United States – MLS
- The first transfer window has already taken place – from February 10, 2022 to May 4.
- Secondary transfer window (mid-season) – July 7, 2022 until August 4.
- Major League Soccer follows different guidelines, due to their regular season which runs for a single year – from February 26 to October 9, with the MLS Cup final scheduled for November 5, 2022.
Argentina and Brazil
- The Brazilian secondary transfer quarter opens on July 18 and ends on August 15, with the 2022 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A running from April 9 to November 13, 2022.
- In Argentina, their transfer window opens much earlier, running from May 16 to August 7, 2022. This early start is due to their relatively short 2022 campaign, which starts on June 5 and ends on October 23 using a format round robin.
- With the 2021/22 A-League season in its final stages, the new campaign’s transfer window is set to run between July 24 and October 15.
What are the biggest probable transfers of the summer?
In what should be an action-packed summer, The Sporting News takes a look at some of the most likely big transfers this summer.
Erling Haaland at Manchester City
As confirmed by the club, Manchester City have agreed in principle to sign Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, with the transfer scheduled for July 1 subject to an agreement on personal terms.
In 2021/22, the 21-year-old was in fine form, scoring 29 goals in 30 appearances for BVB as he finished second in the Bundesliga.
Great excitement has surrounded his imminent arrival, with many seeing him as the final piece of Pep Guardiola’s jigsaw as the Catalan aims to bring the UEFA Champions League trophy back to the Etihad Stadium next season.
Manchester City can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the club on July 1, 2022.
The transfer remains subject to the conditions of finalization of the Club with the player.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) May 10, 2022
Kylian Mbappé at Real Madrid
One of the most hyped transfer sagas in recent memory seems to be finally coming to an end, though it may not be what many expected.
Kylian Mbappe, who reportedly agreed terms with Real Madrid ahead of a possible free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, now appears to have accepted the Ligue 1 champions’ offer of a new contract.
The 23-year-old was PSG’s star man in Ligue 1 this season, registering 44 goal contributions in 34 appearances; 25 goals and 19 assists.
🚨 Kylian Mbappé WILL STAY at Paris Saint-Germain. He will definitely not join Real Madrid this summer, the final decision has been made and communicated to Florentino Perez. 🤝 #Mbappe
𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄 𝐖𝐄 𝐆𝐎.
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 21, 2022
Antonio Rudiger at Real Madrid
Continuing their shrewd recruitment strategy, the Spanish champions have agreed to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer this summer.
His contract at the Santiago Bernabeu is set to last until 2026, with an official announcement expected at the end of Real Madrid’s 2021/22 campaign.
At 29, Los Blancos will choose an elite centre-back at the peak of his career who will immediately become a key contributor, following his starring role in helping Chelsea reach the top four in 2021/22.
Everything is now settled between Real Madrid and Toni Rüdiger. The deal is done, club sources confirm: he will play for Real. ⚪️⭐️ #Real Madrid
Contract until 2026, there is no option for an additional season.
Official announcement: end of season.
There you go, it’s confirmed. pic.twitter.com/N6zn9w5pcR
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 10, 2022
Robert Lewandowski in Barcelona
Bayern Munich man Robert Lewandowski has signaled he will not sign a new contract with the German champions, sparking major interest from Catalan giants Barcelona for the summer transfer window.
Despite interest from Chelsea and PSG, Lewandowski appears to only have eyes for a move to Camp Nou as he seeks a new challenge after eight years in Bavaria.
With his contract at Bayern Munich expiring in 2023, there is a real possibility that he could swap Munich for Barcelona this summer.
Despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea since last summer, Robert Lewandowski’s priority is only Barcelona as things stand. 🔴🇵🇱 #FCB
His agent Zahavi is also prioritizing Barca, a three-year deal already on the table – but still waiting for clubs to discuss it. pic.twitter.com/bndHYtZcAD
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 17, 2022