Will players signed on Premier League deadline day be able to play immediately?

The vast majority of them – no. Clubs must register new signings with the FA by 12noon on the day before a match to be eligible to play in that match.

So it the clock ticks past noon on deadline day and your club still hasn’t announced their signing, you’re likely going to have to wait until August 17 to see them play.

What about players signed after the transfer deadline passes?

Anyone to have seen a transfer deadline day knows full well that a huge amount of deals get done after the window ‘slams shut’.

That is because something called the ‘deal sheet’ exists, which allows for more time to complete a deal that has passed a certain point in the process. The Premier League explains:

“Clubs sometimes conclude deals at the last minute and it is not always easy for them to get everything completed and sent over by the deadline.

“The deal sheet allows a club to confirm that a deal has been reached in order to allow for additional time to submit the remaining documentation.

“For a deadline of 17:00 BST, the deal sheet cannot be used before 15:00 and needs to arrive fully completed before the transfer window closes.

“Once the sheet arrives, clubs have got until 19:00 in which to submit the full paperwork.”

One point of note here is that international transfers working under ‘deal sheet’ principles have until midnight to complete.

Can we expect many deals on transfer deadline day?

Probably not as many as in years gone by, in truth. It’s fair to say that the top clubs have figured out transfer windows much better in recent years and generally avoid the last-minute frenzy now.

Last summer, spending dropped by £100m on deadline day to £110m.

Indeed, should a deadline day frenzy not materialise, we will probably be looking at a record low number of total Premier League summer deals since the transfer window was introduced in 2002.

Can we expect the big clubs to be active on transfer deadline day?

It’s probably unlikely. The bigger the club the more transfer-savvy they seem to be this year and they get deals done earlier and on their terms.

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They have all splashed the cash already, with Manchester United spending £130million on Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Manchester City paying Atletico Madrid £62.8million for Rodri, and Tottenham capturing Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for £55million.

Man Utd may still be in the market for more and Liverpool may have a little look, but I’d not expect too many signings for the bigger clubs. Traditionally, they have focused more on offloading unwanted contracts on deadline day.

Chelsea certainly won’t be signing anyone, as they are currently under a transfer ban.


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