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.
The documents did not arrive on time!!!!!! Presentation was ready. All agreed. But as it stands de Gea stays at MUFC!!
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) August 31, 2015
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.
— Tom Coast (@thcoast) August 31, 2015
This is turning out to be a far from simple transfer.