These teams have been the most inactivie in the transfer market so far and face a race against time to get deals done.
In a revolutionary move, the English Footballing Association responded to the appeals of certain clubs and opted for an earlier closing date for the summer transfer window, prior to the 2018-2019 season.
The window will close on the 9th of August 2018 at 5 pm (BST), almost a month earlier than the closure of the transfer windows in the other four of the World’s top five leagues.
The move was made following the complaints from clubs due the behaviour of the likes of Phillippe Coutinho, Diego Costa and Virjil Van Djik as they were left in limbo as their fates were decided by the transfer market, thereby affecting their performances for their erstwhile clubs.
This was perhaps the wrong year to implement such a massive change in a system as several of the best players in the world were serving their countries at the World Cup in Russia. It is interesting to note that almost all the clubs that have been the most active in the transfer window so far, have either signed players who were left behind by their countries or were sure to get their business done early.
The change in the deadline date was not met with universal joy, with clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea openly voicing their disagreement over the change. Manchester United have done a bit of business this summer, bringing in Fred from Shaktar Donesk but their outspoken manager, Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he will not be able to complete his list of five signings that he intended to make this summer.
Tottenham Hotspur had 12 players of their squad travel to Russia and also look to have the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Moussa Dembele on their way out but have yet to make a signing so far this window. With less than a week to go, they will have to buck up if they are going to keep up their rise through the ranks of English and European football.
On the other end of the spectrum, clubs like Wolves and Fulham have gone a long way to strengthening their squads and will have almost full-strength sides ready for the start of the Premier League.
While the transfer window closes on the 9th of August in England, it is not the case in other countries. That’s where, the second deadline comes into play. Players in English sides that are pursuing moves abroad can still do so until the 31st of August.
The move was implemented to prevent panic buys and to almost force teams into getting their business done on time. However, exactly the contrary could transpire, English clubs could find themselves in positions where they fail to sell unwanted players but still rush to bring in their replacements, thus leaving them in a worse position than when they started.
With less than a week to go for the closure of the window, we could be in for a massive few days of transfer activity at the end of which the landscape of the Premier League could be changed immensely.