English football is signaling a return to “normality” by putting this year’s summer transfer window back to its regular place on the calendar.

Premier League and FA bosses have already started discussing the window dates.

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Kai Havertz to Chelsea for £ 73m was the biggest transfer of 2020Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty

And unless there is another unexpected lockdown, clubs have three months from early June to finalize their transfer deal.

This year’s window is scheduled to run from June 9th to August 31st and offer 13 weeks of trading opportunities.

Last summer, the window ran as a direct result of the pandemic and the three-month break in the season from July 27th to October 5th.

With all of the major leagues back on schedule, the return to the regular slot is yet another signal that football is emerging from the crisis, even if the crowd hasn’t returned for some time.

Last year the window was closed on October 5th, but an additional window for domestic use only ran for two weeks.

Premier League clubs were still able to close a slew of high-profile deals last summer despite having been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Chelsea were the league’s top funders, bringing in £ 226.1m in new talent including Timo Werner (£ 45m), Hakim Ziyech (£ 37m), Edouard Mendy (£ 22m) and Ben Chilwell (£ 50m) ).

And their main recruit, Kai Havertz, was the league’s most expensive new acquisition – it came from Bayer Leverkusen for £ 70 million.

The Blues managed to inject the money after being restricted by a transfer embargo last season – and by getting good fees for the likes of Alvaro Morata and Mario Pasalic.

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Unsurprisingly, Manchester City was the second largest donor, with Nathan Ake (£ 41m) and Ferran Torres (£ 37m) bringing in cash early on in the window.

And Pep Guardiola’s side reacted to their 5-2 shambolic loss to Leicester City by beating Benfica defender Ruben Dias for an additional £ 64.5m.

Aston Villa responded to last season’s waste of over £ 100m in the market by spending another £ 85m at the time – although signings like Ollie Watkins actually appear to have bottomed out this time around.

And Leeds United wasted no time after climbing into the top flight, recruiting Rodrigo, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente as well as Raphinha from Rennes on the deadline.

Arsenal signed midfielder Thomas Partey after fulfilling the £ 45m release clause in his contract with Atletico Madrid.

And champions Liverpool picked up Thiago Alcantara from Champions League winners Bayern Munich for £ 20 million and spent £ 40 million on Wolves’ Diogo Jota.

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