FIFA have announced that football associations can now open a transfer window before their current seasons are finished if they so wish.
This could lead to transfers being permitted before the end of the Premier League campaign, although that is very unlikely, with Chief Executive Richard Masters having confirmed that a window will not be opened before July 25th, after the final fixture is expected to be played.
Another change from FIFA, which may prove to be more significant for Sheffield United and others, is that players will be allowed to play for three different clubs, instead of the usual two, which could help teams that are struggling financially.
It is widely expected that the Premier League will decide to open their transfer window in August, but it could stay open until October, with other countries in Europe planning on doing the same thing.
Italy have already confirmed that they are planning to keep their window open until October 5th, while other countries are expected to follow suit.