Summer transfer window opening day – Or ‘Wednesday’ as we call it at Newcastle United
The Premier League 2021 summer transfer window is now officially open.
The 20 clubs now able to sign players, as well as complete deals that had already been set up, only needing the final formal part once the window officially opened.
For the rest of the Premier League clubs, they will be no doubt desperately working to bring in targets ASAP, in order to secure the signings and give them as much time as possible to acclimatise to their new surroundings ahead of the 2021/22 season.
At Newcastle United things tend to be done a little differently.
No rush to get anything done and as Rafa Benitez repeatedly bemoaned, he would put a lot of work in to set up early deals for key targets at the start of the summer transfer window, only for Mike Ashley to refuse to sanction them.
Will things be different in this 2021 summer transfer window for watching Newcastle United fans? I would guess not.
Listed below is a summer timetable, showing important Newcastle United dates and moments to note, including three friendlies announced so far, the PL fixtures release, PL season start and finish, plus all group games for Miguel Almiron at the Copa America and for the four NUFC players at the Euros.
Hopefully in the days, weeks, months to come, we will be adding in a few other things, such as departure of Mike Ashley and confirmed takeover, confirmed signing of Joe Willock and other credible players, departure of Steve Bruce etc etc.
In the meantime, here is an idea of how quickly time will run down…
7 days until Premier League fixtures are released.
26 days until the Newcastle United squad return for pre-season training.
39 days until NUFC play their first pre-season friendly (of those announced so far).
66 days until the Premier League 2021/22 season kicks off.
NEWCASTLE UNITED SUMMER TIMETABLE
Wednesday 9 June
Paraguay v Brazil (Miguel Almiron – World Cup qualifier)
Wednesday 9 June
Summer transfer window opens.
Friday 11 June
Euro 2020 finals kick-off (with Turkey v Italy)
Saturday 12 June
Switzerland v Wales (Fabian Schar)
Monday 14 June – Copa America kicks off and Paraguay (Miguel Almiron) play Bolivia in the first of four group games in June, the quarters, semis and final in July – all games to be shown live on BBC.
Monday 14 June – Euro 2020 group games involving Newcastle players kick off
Scotland v Czech Republic (Ryan Fraser)
Slovakia v Poland (Martin Dubravka)
Sweden v Spain (Emil Krafth)
Wednesday 16 June
Premier League fixtures released at 9am.
Switzerland v Italy (Fabian Schar)
Friday 18 June
Scotland v England (Ryan Fraser)
Slovakia v Sweden (Martin Dubravka and Emil Krafth)
Sunday 20 June
Switzerland v Turkey (Fabian Schar)
Monday 21 June
Paraguay v Argentina (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)
Monday 21 June
The mass return of fans to football grounds could be announced as part of final wholesale lifting of virus restrictions.
Tuesday 22 June
Scotland v Croatia (Ryan Fraser)
Wednesday 23 June
Slovakia v Spain (Martin Dubravka)
Sweden v Poland (Emil Krafth)
Thursday 24 June
Paraguay v Chile (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)
Sunday 27 June
Paraguay v Uruguay (Miguel Almiron – Copa America)
Monday 5 July
Newcastle United squad return to start pre-season preparations.
Saturday 10 July
Copa America final in Argentina (possible Miguel Almiron participation).
Sunday 11 July
Final of Euro 2020 at Wembley.
Sunday 18 July
Newcastle United splitting their squad and playing two friendlies on this day, away at York City with 2pm kick-off, away at Harrogate Town with kick-off time to be confirmed (these games linked to training camp at nearby Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate campus just outside York, where NUFC also went last summer).
Friday 30 July
NUFC friendly away at League One Burton Albion, with a 7.45pm kick off.
Saturday 14 August
Weekend that 2021/22 Premier League season kicks off.
Monday 30 August
First international break starts.
Tuesday 31 August
Summer transfer window closes at 11pm.
Monday 4 October
Second international break starts.
Monday 8 November
Third international break starts.
Monday 21 March 2022
Fourth international break starts.
Sunday 22 May 2022
Premier League 2021/22 season ends.
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