Dramatic twist in the De Gea to Real Madrid saga
David De Gea's move from Manchester United to Real Madrid took a dramatic twist on Monday night, after the deal was not confirmed in time to beat the Spanish transfer deadline.
After months of protracted negotiations over De Gea's move from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu, a deal for the keeper was agreed on Monday morning, with a move finally set to be rubber-stamped ahead of the 11pm Spanish transfer deadline.
Yet after the final paperwork was submitted in the last minutes of the transfer window, it appears that files sent to conclude the deal could not be opened as they were password protected.
Now we are hearing that United did send the documents on time but in a format that couldn't be opened at the LFP. Windows 95?— AS English (@English_AS) August 31, 2015
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.
Real Madrid may now launch an appeal to sign De Gea outside of the transfer window, citing technical issues surrounding a deal that has been an ongoing saga throughout this summer.
Spanish paper Marca were among many newspapers leading the sports coverage on the dramatic developments, with De Gea left in limbo as he looks set to remain at United until January at least.
While the deal that was in place at the start of the day may have been scuppered by an administrative error, it still seems hard to imagine De Gea showing up at United's Carrington training ground any time soon given the day's events.
De Gea has yet to play for United this season after manager Louis van Gaal declared he was not in the right frame of mind to take to the field as he pushed for a move back to his Spanish homeland.
Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas had agreed to make the move to United as part of the deal, but this story that has been dominating the transfer agenda for the last few months may now drag on for a little while yet.
La Liga says the documents did not arrive on time. Fifa will look at the case tomorrow. Both RM and United pushing for it to happen— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 31, 2015
This is the transfer story that has had it all and now it has had a little more as well. Whatever next.