As the current campaign draws to a close in countries around the world, many sides are already turning their attention to the new season and bringing in potential new recruits.
From the Premier League of England to the A-League of Australia, managers and backroom staff will work around the clock to identify players who can improve their respective squads before 2022/23.
Sporting News looks at when the transfer window will open in different parts of the world, as well as summarizing some of the key steps that are likely to happen this summer.
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When does the transition window open and close?
- Officially, the summer transfer window to England will open on June 10, 2022 and end on September 1 at 23:00 local time.
- International transfers are expected to resume on July 1 (ie Erling Haaland to Manchester City).
- EFL clubs can sign players on emergency loans after the deadline.
- The summer transfer period in Spain will open on July 1, 2022, ending on September 1 at 22:59.
- More similar to the English window regarding international transactions.
- No major European tournament is scheduled this summer, indicating that transfers will be easier to complete than in years of World Cup/EURO competition.
Germany and Italy
- In Germany and Italy, their transfer window will begin on July 1, 2022, and end on September 1 at 17:00 CEST.
- This corresponds to the starting point of the Spanish window, which is common practice for most leagues in Europe.
- Ligue 1 and other French tiers will follow the path of the Premier League, which will open its doors for business on June 10, while it closes on September 1 at 23:59.
- International transactions are more likely to take place in July.
Move windows across Europe – major leagues in North, South America, and Australia
USA – MLS
- The main transition window has already taken place – from February 10, 2022 to May 4.
- Secondary transfer window (mid -season) – July 7, 2022 running until August 4.
- Major League Soccer follows different rules, due to their regular season running for one year – February 26 to October 9, with the MLS Cup final scheduled for November 5, 2022.
Argentina and Brazil
- The Brazilian secondary transfer quarter will open on July 18 and end on August 15, with the 2022 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A taking place between April 9 and November 13, 2022.
- In Argentina, their transition window opens earlier, from May 16 to August 7, 2022. This early start is due to their relatively short campaign in 2022, which will begin on June 5 and end on October 23 with a round-robin format.
- As the 2021/22 A-League season is in its final stages, the transfer window for the new campaign is set to run between July 24 and October 15.
What is probably the biggest summer move?
In what is set to be an action-packed summer, The Sporting News looks at some of the likely big moves this summer.
Erling Haaland to Manchester City
As confirmed by the club, Manchester City have agreed in principle with the signing of Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, whose transfer is set to take place on July 1 subject to agreeing personal terms.
In 2021/22, the 21-year-old was in great form, scoring 29 goals in 30 appearances for BVB when they finished as runner-up in the Bundesliga.
Much anticipation has enveloped his imminent arrival, with many seeing him as the last piece in Pep Guardiola’s jigsaw as the Catalan aims to bring the UEFA Champions League trophy to the Etihad Stadium next season.
Manchester City can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on 1 July 2022.
The transfer remains subject to the Club’s final terms with the player.
– Manchester City (@ManCity) May 10, 2022
Kylian Mbappe of Real Madrid
One of the most high-profile transfer sagas in recent memory looks to be coming to an end, though perhaps not what many expected.
Kylian Mbappe, who reportedly agreed terms with Real Madrid before a possible free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, now appears to have accepted the Ligue 1 champions’ offer of a new contract.
The 23-year-old is the star man for PSG in Ligue 1 this season, registering 44 goal contributions in 34 appearances; 25 goals and 19 assists.
🚨 Kylian Mbappé will STAY at Paris Saint-Germain. Certainly he will not join Real Madrid this summer, the final decision was made and informed to Florentino Perez. ⁇ #Mbappé
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 21, 2022
Antonio Rudiger of Real Madrid
Continuing their smart recruitment strategy, the Spanish champions have agreed an agreement that will sign Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger on a free transfer this summer.
His contract with the Santiago Bernabeu is set to run until 2026, with an official announcement expected at the end of the 2021/22 campaign from Real Madrid.
At 29 years old, Los Blancos will take on an elite central defender in the prime of his career who will immediately become a major contributor, following his key role in helping Chelsea finish top-four in 2021/22. .
Everything is done now between Real Madrid and Toni Rüdiger. The deal has been completed, club sources have confirmed: he will play for Real. ⚪️⭐️ #Real Madrid
Contract until 2026, no option for additional season.
Official announcement: end of season.
Here we are confirmed. pic.twitter.com/N6zn9w5pcR
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 10, 2022
Robert Lewandowski of Barcelona
Bayern Munich man Robert Lewandowski has hinted that he will not sign a new contract with the German champions, sparking huge interest from Catalan giants Barcelona entering the summer transfer window.
Despite interest from Chelsea and PSG, Lewandowski seems to have only eyes for a move to Camp Nou as he seeks a new challenge after eight years in Bavaria.
With his contract with Bayern Munich expiring in 2023, there is a real possibility that he could replace Munich for Barcelona this summer.
Despite the interest of Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea since last summer, Robert Lewandowski’s priority is just Barcelona. I am #FCB
His agent Zahavi is also giving priority to Barça, a three -year deal already on the table – but still waiting for the clubs to discuss. pic.twitter.com/bndHYtZcAD
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 17, 2022