Yesterday was certainly a torrid time to be a Manchester United fan. Fans woke to the news that David De Gea was finally nearing a move to Real Madrid after months of negotiations between the two clubs. £30m was the fee agreed between United and Madrid (£19m + Keylor Navas) – with the Costa Rican goalkeeper coming the other way to Old Trafford.
Of course, to lose one of the best goalkeepers in the world is a big blow to a team who want to challenge for the Premier League title, especially when you receive such a poor fee for the player. But United’s worst fears may be put to an end as reports this morning confirm that a deal for the goalkeeper has fallen through.
David De Gea’s move collapsed due to the necessary paperwork not being submitted in time. In Spain, there is no precedent for clubs being given additional time to conclude transfers, like there is in England – so once the clock struck 12 in Madrid, that was it.
Real Madrid could be set to appeal the decision, but it is unlikely that any changes will be made.
Sky Sports have confirmed that Manchester United sent their part of the deal to Madrid in good time, but the Spanish club had an issue with the Keylor Navas side of the deal – with the goalkeeper said to be reluctant to join Manchester United.
Whether De Gea will join Madrid remains to be seen (once again), all will become clear by today, but as it stands he remains a Manchester United player.