Belfast Telegraph

David de Gea move collapses after last-minute hitch over paperwork

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.

But Press Association Sport understands 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.

The dramatic 11th-hour collapse came as a huge shock to Madrid, who were determined to sign De Gea this summer.

The two-time United player of the year himself was determined to complete his return to Madrid this summer.

The 24-year-old, who joined United from Real's neighbours Atletico Madrid four years ago, hails from the Spanish capital and his pop star girlfriend Edurne Garcia also lives in the city.

With just one year left on his contract, Madrid thought they could sign the Spain international for a relatively modest fee.

United had other ideas, however. After receiving a tentative enquiry from Madrid earlier in the summer, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward told the Spanish club he would only entertain the idea of selling De Gea if United received defender Sergio Ramos in return.

Once Ramos renewed his contract with Madrid, United then demanded £32.6million - which would have been a world-record fee for a goalkeeper.

Louis van Gaal left De Gea out of his squad for the first six matches of the campaign, claiming the player had lost focus due to Madrid's interest in him.

The manager then decided to sanction the sale of De Gea, provided Woodward brought Navas, the Costa Rica goalkeeper, to Old Trafford as part of the deal.

All things pointed to De Gea joining Madrid on deadline day but after this latest twist, it looks like he will see out the final year of his deal at United.

Reports in Spain claimed Madrid were furious that the deal for their star signing had fallen through.

But United insist that the Spaniards were the ones who failed to submit their necessary documents in time and therefore should take the blame.

The United board are said to be "relaxed" about the situation.

Although De Gea is yet to play for the club this season, United know they will now have a world-class goalkeeper to choose, should he be deemed mentally fit enough to play in Van Gaal's eyes.

Sergio Romero, a free signing towards the end of the club's pre-season tour of the United States, performed admirably in his first five outings for the club but the Argentina goalkeeper took the blame for Bafétimbi Gomis' winner in the 2-1 defeat at Swansea on Sunday.

Van Gaal has said recently that he plans to ease De Gea back into the first-team by playing him in the reserves - something he did last year with Victor Valdes.

The former Barcelona stopper was expected to leave the club on Monday after a dispute with Van Gaal over his availability for the Under-21s last season, but a proposed move to Besiktas collapsed over the weekend.

Valdes looks set to stay at United unless a British club comes in for him on Tuesday.

Fellow goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard joined West Brom on a busy day of transfer activity for United.

Adnan Januzaj joined Borussia Dortmund on a season-long loan and Javier Hernandez signed for Bayer Leverkusen in a £10million deal.

United have agreed a £36million deal with Monaco for the signing of Anthony Martial.

The 19-year-old French striker is expected to complete his transfer to Old Trafford before the 6pm deadline on Tuesday.

More incomings and outgoings are expected before the window shuts.

Marcos Rojo has been linked with a move away from United, but the defender is determined to stay despite admitting Van Gaal was angry with him over a passport issue that meant he had to miss the American tour.

He told ESPNFC Radio on Monday night: "I spoke with Van Gaal when I arrived and he was annoyed about what happened but he told me he was counting on me to compete with Daley Blind (at centre-half) but he also told me that I could be an option as a full-back.

"I have received offers but I want to stay here and fight for a place because this is a huge club."

Young striker James Wilson may leave United on loan, however.


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