Premier League window to open on January 3rd
The Premier League window will open on Saturday, January 3rd after it was deferred by 24 hours to match FIFA rules that it must be open only for 31 days.The last day of the month, January 31st falls on a Saturday and a massive game between title contenders Chelsea and Manchester City is scheduled on that day at Stamford Bridge.
"This is about the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) -- the system through which all international transfers have to be registered. TMS can only be open for 31 days in the winter window (FIFA rules).
"We have decided to align our window with that in mind. Our rules state that if the final day of a transfer window is a weekend or bank holiday we carry it over to the next working day. This time, January 31 is a Saturday so we will finish on February 2.
"If you count back 31 days from February 2 then you get to January 3 so that is when we are starting. The Bundesliga and Ligue 1 are doing the same. La Liga actually start a day earlier on January 2," A Premier League spokesperson told Daily Mail.
"The window will open at midnight going into Saturday January 3, and close at 11pm on Monday February 2," an FA spokesman said.