David de Gea’s move to Real Madrid has collapsed due to late papers – reports

by Sam Peoples

David de Gea‘s move to Real Madrid this summer may have fallen through at the last minute.

The transfer window in Spain closed at 11pm on 31 August and widespread reports in Spain suggest Manchester United didn’t send the papers across in time, to the point where it may have only been just one minute late.

The Spanish FA are different to the English. Deadlines are rarely, if ever, given when it comes to transfers. While they are readily given to Premier League teams to push through transfers, it doesn’t really happen in Spain.

Could this really have happened? It would be a huge surprise if a deal of this magnitude accidentally collapsed because of late papers.

In a turn of events which will surprise nobody, Real Madrid have taken the decision to UEFA and are contesting it by saying they have proof the papers went through before the Spain transfer deadline passed.

This is turning out to be a far from simple transfer.

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