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When does the transfer window close? Key dates for Premier League, Serie A and more

Is the biggest effort on the pitch worth it? Arsenal would tentatively argue that is the case and remain the only Premier League side to go three games unbeaten after squandering the largest net spend of any of their rivals during the summer transfer window.

Chelsea’s colossal investment is less convincing: Thomas Tuchel made Marc Cucurella the most expensive full-back in history when he signed for more than £60m from Brighton in August, only for the Blues backline to be beaten by Leeds in a 3-0 loss was at Elland Road which suggested the visitors might struggle to challenge at the top in 2022/23.

Barcelona’s seemingly unconventional approach to finances saw them thrive in Spain, faltering with a goalless draw in their first game of La Liga season despite adding Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski to their ranks.

When will spending across Europe and the world need to be temporarily halted? What are the biggest current and potential transfers? The sports news assess the market.

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When does the transfer window close?

England

  • The summer transfer window in England opened on June 10, 2022 and ends on September 1 at 23:00 local time.
  • EFL clubs can sign players after the emergency loan deadline.

Spain

  • The summer transfer window in Spain started on July 1, 2022 and ends on September 1 at 10:59 p.m.
  • Broadly similar to the English window in terms of international transactions.

Germany and Italy

  • In Germany and Italy, their transfer window started on July 1, 2022 and ends on September 1 at 17:00 CEST.
  • This corresponds to the starting point of the Spanish window, which is common in most European leagues.
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France

  • Ligue 1 and other French classes follow the path of the Premier League. They opened their doors on June 10th and close at 11:59pm on September 1st.

Transfer window outside of Europe – major leagues in North America, South America and Australia

United States – MLS

  • The primary transfer window has already taken place – it runs from February 10, 2022 to May 4.
  • The secondary (mid-season) transfer window opened on July 7, 2022 and ran until August 4.
  • Major League Soccer follows different guidelines due to its regular season running over a single year – from February 26 to October 9, with the MLS Cup finals scheduled for November 5, 2022.

Argentina and Brazil

  • The Brazilian second quarter of transfers opened on July 18 and ended on August 15, with the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A 2022 taking place between April 9 and November 13, 2022.
  • In Argentina, the transfer window opened much earlier, running from May 16 to August 7, 2022. This early start is due to the relatively short 2022 season, which began on June 5 and ended on October 23 in a round-robin format .

Australia

  • The transfer window for the new campaign runs until October 15th.

What are the biggest transfers of the window so far?

Bayern Munich initially spent £57m on defender Matthijs de Ligt, Tottenham gave Everton £50m for Livewire Richarlison and Raphinha is likely to pocket more than £50m from Barca for Leeds.

Here are some of the other headline-grabbing transfers out the window.

Manchester City's Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland to Manchester City

City is expected to total more than 85 million

Many see the 21-year-old as the final piece in Pep Guardiola’s puzzle as the Catalan aims to bring the UEFA Champions League trophy to the Etihad Stadium.

Haaland already seems to be lighting up the Premier League, scoring both times in City’s opening 2-0 win at West Ham and finding the net again in the next away game when they traveled to Newcastle.

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Antonio Ruediger to Real Madrid

The Spanish champions continued their shrewd recruitment strategy and agreed to sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer this summer.

His contract at the Santiago Bernabeu runs until 2026 and Los Blancos have signed an elite centre-back in the prime of his career.

The 29-year-old started Real Madrid’s 2-1 win in Almeria and came on as a substitute in the 4-1 win over Celta Vigo to continue his perfect start to the season.

Robert Lewandowski to Barcelona

With his contract at Bayern Munich set to expire in 2023, it was inevitable that reigning FIFA Men’s Best Player Lewandowski would join Barcelona.

Amid the ongoing financial chaos that made it uncertain whether Barca could register some of their signings, Lewandowski started his first game of the season at home against Rayo Vallecano.

Unfortunately, a controversial £150,000-a-week wage resulted in no goals for Lewandowski or his new club to start what will hopefully be a new era, but the Pole scored his first goal after just a minute in a 4-1 win over Real Socieded. He bagged another in the second half and is clearly ready to play now.

Darwin Nunez to Liverpool

Nunez, who was hugely successful for Portuguese club Benfica last season, has had a mixed start since his £85million move to Anfield, which is a club-record fee for Liverpool.

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The Uruguay forward made an exciting cameo appearance as a substitute just after the second half in Liverpool’s opener at Fulham, scoring and setting up Mohamed Salah for his side’s second equalizer in a 2-2 draw.

That led to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp making his first start for Nunez when Crystal Palace visited the Reds. This time he had a less than successful second half and received a red card for an elbow, meaning he is suspended for three games.

Aurelien Tchouameni to Real Madrid

Midfielder Tchouameni joined Madrid from Monaco in June for a fee that could reportedly rise to €100m (£85m).

In the 2-0 victory of his new club in the Supercup against Eintracht Frankfurt, the 22-year-old was only used on the bench.

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The France international and former Ligue 1 youth player of the year has since started the season’s first two La Liga games for Madrid.

What are the biggest potential transfers in the rest of the transfer window?

There’s always a chance that seismic transmissions will surprise anyone in the last few days — and even hours — of the window’s open time.

Here are some of the highly-anticipated moves that could come to fruition shortly.

Cristiano Ronaldo to Atletico Madrid

When Ronaldo made clear his desire to leave United last season, the boastful five-time Ballon d’Or winner must have assumed he would prevail.

Ronaldo agitates for a club in the Champions League. Borussia Dortmund are reportedly not interested making Atletico Madrid look like the most realistic offer of the teams the 37-year-old has been linked with.

Atletico fans unfurled a banner at a game in July saying Ronaldo was not welcome. The Portugal captain has cut a frustrated figure during United’s dreadful start to the season as he emerged from the bench in the 2-1 defeat by Brighton and set in motion the 4-0 win over Brentford.

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Memphis Depay to Juventus

Dutch striker Depay is said to be close to finalizing an early termination agreement at Barcelona.

Depay’s agent was reportedly in Italy to speak to Juventus, who are frontrunners for his signature.

Depay’s move would ease Barca’s uneven financial burden and there’s still a chance other leading clubs will try to overtake Juve in the signing.

Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United

United have been chasing Dutch midfielder De Jong all summer and are running out of time to make the ill-kept secret come true.

New coach Erik ten Hag has reportedly been handed something of a blank checkbook to rid his team of their early position at the bottom of the table. Xavi, his Barca colleague, has called De Jong a ‘spectacular player’.

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The £60million arrival of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro seems little more than a formality and United have also been consistently linked with a costly move for Ajax winger Antony and a bid for PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo.

Wesley Fofana to Chelsea

Leicester have left centre-back Fofana out of their squad for their second home Premier League game of the season after it was heavily speculated that Chelsea have turned down big offers for the 21-year-old.

Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed Fofana had been left out over concerns about his focus but claimed Leicester hope to keep him.

Chelsea are obviously still keen to harness his spending power despite splashing on Cucurella.

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