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The Daily Bee (August 8th, 2017): PL shortens transfer window

Borussia Dortmund v Hertha BSC - Bundesliga Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images
  • Premier League shortens transfer window

The recent transfer-sagas surrounding players like Dembélé, Neymar, Coutinho, etc., have led the Premier League clubs to abbreviate the transfer window. Transfers will only be possible until just a couple of days before the season starts in England, specifically on August 9th. However it’s still possible for Premier League clubs to sell player to other leagues where the window is still open.

This has been a discussion clubs were having all over Europe. It’s possible we’ll see the Bundesliga do some changes to their transfer window as well. In a survey done by kicker with officials from all 18 Bundesliga clubs only one opposed a shortened transfer window, namely Horst Heldt from Hannover 96. Heldt noted that an abridged window could lead to an increase in transfer fees.

  • Bosz comments ahead of Freiburg game

During the pre-game press conference Peter Bosz revealed that Marcel Schmelzer will be ready to go, it’s unclear if he can play the entire 90 minutes but he will at the very least get some minutes. Julian Weigl on the other hand is back in training but not ready to play just yet. It will take a couple more weeks until he is ready for action.

Dortmund’s winger situation is a bit dire at the moment. Maximilian Philipp is a lock to start against his ex-team. On the opposite side, Bosz will have to improvise a bit. Marco Reus, André Schürrle and Raphael Guerreiro, who could technically play on the wing, are still out with injuries. Jadon Sancho has not yet gotten the authorization to play from the DFL and would not be ready for games anyway. BVB’s new acquisition Andriy Yarmolenko has been with the team for just one day and Christian Pulisic played twice over 90 minutes for the USMNT and will arrive in Dortmund today, just one day before the game.

Daily Buzz: Should the Bundesliga follow suit and shorten the transfer window?