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Summer transfer window 2024: When does it open and close? What deals could be done?

Sports Mole takes a look at when the 2024 summer transfer window opens and closes, and picks out some of the high-profile deals that could be completed.

The 2024-25 season is edging ever closer and clubs across the world are planning to strengthen their squads during the summer transfer window.

Global spending records were broken in the summer of 2023 as more than £6.5bn was forked out on over 1,600 players, with Premier League (£2.1bn) and Saudi Pro League (£728m) clubs leading the way by splashing out mouthwatering sums.

Here, Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at when the 2024 summer transfer window opens and closes in some of the top leagues across the globe, and picks out some of the high-profile deals that could be completed ahead of the 2024-25 campaign.


When does the 2024 summer transfer window open and close?

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FIFA have issued a list of the current registration dates for each member association, confirming when the respective transfer windows for each nation open and close this summer.

The majority of the confirmed dates follow a similar pattern to previous years, with the Premier League's window opening around three weeks after the 2023-24 season had ended and a few weeks before their top European counterparts such as La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Almost all of the European leagues will see their transfer windows close between the end of August and beginning of September, but there are a few exceptions, including Turkey and Portugal where their windows will close on September 13 and 16 respectively.

The transfer windows for both Brazil and USA follow a similar pattern to the European leagues, albeit opening slightly later in mid-July, but Saudi Arabia's transfer window will be open for much longer as they will not be shutting up shop until October 6, giving the Middle Eastern powerhouses an additional month or so to recruit their desired targets - something the European leagues must be wary of when conducting their business.


What high-profile deals could take place this summer?

Lille defender Leny Yoro on May 06, 2024 (IMAGO)© Imago

Arguably the biggest deal has already been completed this summer, and without a penny spent on a transfer fee, as Real Madrid have completed the signing of Kylian Mbappe, who has been formerly presented as a Los Blancos player since leaving Paris Saint-Germain upon the expiration of his contract.

Another European giant in the form of Manchester United have also bolstered their frontline by signing Dutch striker Joshua Zirkzee from Bologna for a fee in excess of £35m. The Red Devils are also believed to be on the verge of recruiting teenage centre-back sensation Leny Yoro from Lille for a reported £52m.

With all footballing operations now controlled by minority shareholder Sir Jim Ratcliffe, Man United are also set to see a few high-profile players depart, with Mason Greenwood edging closer to joining Marseille on a permanent deal, while the long-term futures of Casemiro, Jadon Sancho and Scott McTominay remain uncertain.

The addition of a new centre-forward seems to be high on the agenda for a number of top European clubs this summer, with Napoli's Victor Osimhen, Brentford's Ivan Toney and Lille's Jonathan David among the in-demand strikers believed to be keen to seek pastures new.

Midfield movement is also on the cards this summer; Everton's Amadou Onana is reportedly edging closer to joining Aston Villa for around £50m - potentially a replacement for Douglas Luiz who has moved to Juventus - while RB Leipzig's Dani Olmo and Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich are among other midfield maestros who have been linked with a summer transfer.

Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite is still believed to be on Man United's rader, as is Bayern's Matthijs de Ligt, while Arsenal are allegedly at the front of the queue for the signature of Bologna and Italy star Riccardo Calafiori.

Elsewhere, the threat of Saudi Pro League's PIF-owned quartet (Al-Ahli, Al Ittihad, Al-Hilal, and Al-Nassr) could resurface this summer, with Man City duo Kevin De Bruyne and Ederson believed to be two of their primary targets.


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