David De Gea was on his way to Real Madrid from Manchester United, but after a paperwork screw up, the deal fell through.
De Ge has been linked to Real Madrid for a long time now, but according to The Guardian, Manchester United were not interested in negotiating a deal until Monday, the last day of the transfer window in Spain.
The teams reportedly settled on a deal that would send £29.3 million and Keylor Navas to Old Trafford in exchange for De Gea. Navas put off international play with Costa Rica in order to be able to negotiate with United as he would come in as a replacement for De Gea.
Real Madrid blames United for the deal not getting done in time, and released a 10-point statement on Tuesday where they blame the English club for the breakdown.
The Guardian reports that both Real Madrid and United failed to register the transfer in time in the FIFA Transfer Management System.
De Gea has not been selected by United manager Louis van Gaal during the opening weeks of the season, as he stated that De Gea wasn’t mentally fit to play as long as the transfer window was open. It remains to be seen now if De Gea is back in the United goal when the team takes on rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford after the international break.
De Gea has arguably been United’s best player the past two seasons, and was a big factor in the fourth-place finish last season.