Transfer deadline day: What is a deal sheet? | Football

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Premier League clubs have until 11pm on Thursday to finalize deals (Image: Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Premier League clubs are finalizing their deals before the summer transfer window closes at 11pm today (September 1).

Clubs will scramble in the final hours of the window to ensure transfers are completed on time – or risk missing out on their new players in January at the earliest.

But for transfers that risk not being completed in time, the Premier League’s deal sheet is offering a grace period for clubs, players and agents.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Premier League deal sheet.

What is a deal sheet?

A deal sheet is a document that confirms that negotiations have been completed and an agreement has been reached.

When a deal has been completed with hours or minutes to go before the deadline, it is not always possible to complete all the paperwork needed to formally complete the transfer.

Sample Premier League deal sheet

An example deal sheet (Picture: Premier League)

If the transfer deadline is 11:00 p.m., the deal sheet must be completed and submitted within two hours of the deadline – i.e. no later than 9:00 p.m.

A further two hours are then granted to submit all documents and officially complete the transfer.

When a team completes an international transfer, they must still meet the FIFA Transfer Matching System (TMS) midnight deadline.

Which documents have to be filled out?

To register a player, Premier League clubs must hand over the contract, transfer agreement, UK work permit (if required), international clearance and all transfer levies.

In the final hours of the timeslot, clubs will be asked if they have any outstanding transfer deals so Football Operations and Regulatory departments are ready in advance.

Everton player Anthony Gordon in action against Leeds United

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When is transfer deadline 2022?

This year the transfer deadline is today (September 1st).

The summer transfer window closes at 11pm in the Premier League and across Europe.

The transfer window will open again on January 1, 2023.

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