Premier League clubs could be set to start their spending much sooner than expected.
The summer transfer window has usually run from the start of July to the end of August.
But the Premier League’s decision to bring forward the close date this year means the start date can also be moved.
Sky Sports claim the Premier League want to open the window on Thursday.
It is understood the decision has been made in order to conform with FIFA’s transfer rules.
And that could trigger a spending spree before the World Cup.
Players and staff have only just broken up for the end of season, with the final round of Premier League fixtures being played on Sunday.
The World Cup is usually seen as shop window for many players wanting to get a move.
But clubs may now be able to snap up their targets before they head off to Russia.
The Premier League saw yet another increase in spending during last summer’s transfer window but its September 1 deadline frustrated league managers.
Philippe Coutinho and Diego Costa effectively refused to play for their respective sides Liverpool and Chelsea in the hope of forcing moves away.
Clubs voted in to bring the transfer deadline forward to August 9 this year – two days before the season starts.
A number of big-money transfers are tipped to go through this summer.
Manchester United are understood to want Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale.
They have also been linked with Neymar, while Liverpool are desperate to keep Mohamed Salah away from the clutches of Real and Barcelona.
Chelsea and Arsenal are expected to undergo overhauls this summer, with Antonio Conte likely to leave the Blues and Arsene Wenger’s departure from north London confirmed.
Everton, who endured a disappointing season to their standards, will hope to spend more wisely in the transfer window this summer.
And the same can be said for West Ham, who are likely to overlook interim manager David Moyes and go for a new boss this summer, even though the Scot steered them away from safety.