Joleon Lescott believes it would “make great sense” if Premier League clubs were prevented from buying new players during the summer transfer window, once the new season had kicked-off.
Premier League teams are expected to vote on proposed changes to the rules which currently govern the summer window.
As things stand, all clubs can buy and sell players until the deadline passes at midnight on August 31.
However, it has now been suggested this should be changed so that top tier clubs can no longer purchase new players after the start of the new campaign.
They will still be able to sell players, and there would be no rule changes regarding the transfer window in January.
For this to happen, 14 of the 20 Premier League clubs would need to vote in favour of the changes and it is believed most teams support the new proposal.
Appearing on Sky Sports News on Tuesday, former Everton and Manchester City centre-back Lescott said: “It would make sense.
“It would give teams more chance to get organised before the start of the season.
“Most managers want their squads in place before the first game. It can be disruptive otherwise. Cutting that out would be good.”
Lescott remembers how his transfer in August 2009 from Goodison Park to the Etihad Stadium created massive problems for the Toffees.
The 34-year-old switched from Merseyside to Manchester 10 days after the new season began and Lescott added: “I wanted it sorted as soon as possible.
“David Moyes (Everton manager) was furious but they managed to bring in Sylvain Distin in time.”
Meanwhile, Lescott thinks Manchester United will challenge for the title this season and be City’s biggest rivals.
He thinks the summer signings of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic could be crucial for United in their battle to win their first league title in five years.
“There are quite a few opinions on him, and whether he’s pleasing on the eye but he’s very effective,” Lescott added.
“He’s big, strong and good technically, and is probably underestimated. When United are defending against the better teams he can stretch the game.
“I was surprised to see Chelsea let Matic go, especially to a rival like United. I think United have probably done the best business and I’m sure he’ll [Matic] remain consistent throughout the season.”
As for who will end the season as champions, Lescott said: “My heart says City but if it is going to be anyone it could be United.”Euro Soccer Bonus
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