Vasilyev eyes shorter transfer window

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Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev would like to see all of Europe embrace a shorter transfer window.

The majority of the Premier League are in favour of closing the off-season transfer window before the clubs get competitive action underway.

Monaco have first-hand experience of the disruption that an open windown can cause after Arsenal's late bid to sign Thomas Lemar, that failed to be completed on time.

Speaking at the Stade Louis II Stadium to Sky Sports, Vasilyev explained: "The best thing would be for FIFA to take the initiative and limit the transfer period for all European clubs, let's say until July 31.

"It's too stressful for the clubs [at the moment]. We've seen many examples; Lemar, [Kylian] Mbappe, [Philippe] Coutinho, [Ousmane] Dembele. I think it's not fair to allow changes to be more once the season starts.

"It's fine before the season starts but, once it's ongoing, you cannot compromise the team and the squad."

Monaco sold Mbappe, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Bernardo Silva during the recent transfer window, with Vasilyev admitting it is how his club remain successful.

He added: "In order to be successful we have to be a selling club. 

"Our revenues do not allow us to be successful unless we are active in the transfer market. We want to be successful but there are limitations.

"The main element is the transfer element and this is what allows us to be successful. It's not transfers for the sake of making money; it's being active in the transfer market for the sake of being successful."

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