The longest transfer saga of the summer is set to continue beyond the summer transfer window as Real Madrid’s attempt to Manchester United’s David De Gea was botched over what was literally a last minute attempt to secure the Spanish goalkeeper signature.
Manchester United and Real Madrid had been negotiating throughout the summer with both trying to usurp the other. Real Madrid played on the fact that David De Gea preferred a move back to his hometown and that he had just one year remaining on his contract at Old Trafford.
However, Manchester United were keen on prizing away several of Real Madrid’s star players such as a Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale. Neither came to fruition, but it is obvious who felt more irritated by the result of the break down in negotiations.
Real Madrid felt that Manchester United deliberately sabotaged the transfer in order to keep David De Gea at the club for at least one more season. Manchester United is expected to now offer David De Gea a new contract in order to ward off Real Madrid sniping to the talented goalkeeper on a free transfer.
Real Madrid released a full statement on accusing Manchester United of failing to comply. According to Madrid, Manchester United did not open any means of communication to facilitate the transfer until deadline day in the Spanish transfer market. When they did, United agreed to sell De Gea to Real Madrid once they got Keylor Navas, Real Madrid’s goalkeeper, in return.
“8.- Manchester United entered the details of the David de Gea deal, not those of Keylor Navas, at 00:00 Spanish time, simultaneously sending Real Madrid the signed transfer contracts. Real Madrid received this complete documentation at 00:02 and attempted to access the TMS, but it was now closed.”
“9.- At 00:26 Spanish time, FIFA’s TMS invited Real Madrid to fill out the details of the player David de Gea, as the period of registration in England remains open until today. Real Madrid, given the possibility of an administrative dispute over the player’s transfer, decided to send the contracts to the Liga de Fútbol Profesional, despite the knowledge that the deadline had passed.”
“10.- In short, Real Madrid did everything necessary at all times to complete both transfers.”
The Guardian also pointed out that Manchester United’s demeanor proved that they may just be the happier of the clubs.
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