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David de Gea to Real Madrid deal collapses after last minute paperwork hitch

By Paul Hirst

Published 31/08/2015

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is off to Real Madrid
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is off to Real Madrid

David de Gea's proposed transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid has collapsed at the last minute.

United and Madrid had agreed a deal worth £29million for the sale of the Spanish goalkeeper, with Keylor Navas coming to Old Trafford as part of the agreement.

It is understood the necessary paperwork was not lodged in time with La Liga and the deal has therefore almost certainly fallen through.

Press Association Sport understands the 10-time European champions are still trying to resuscitate the deal but as it stands, De Gea will remain a United player until January at the earliest.

United insist they uploaded the requisite documents to FIFA's Transfer Matching System before Monday's 11pm deadline.

Sources at Old Trafford have rejected reports in Spain that they submitted their paperwork after the deadline and claim they have a time-stamp from FIFA as proof.

There was no mention of De Gea or Navas in a round-up of deadline-day transfers on La Liga's official website, which was published after 11pm.

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