David De Gea’s move to Real Madrid from Manchester United has fallen through.
Reports suggested that Real and United initiated talks on Monday with the hope of striking a deal for the Spaniard, but it has now emerged that the required documents did not arrive at the headquarters of La Liga on time, thus scuppering the transfer.
De Gea, 24, has not featured for United since pre-season, missing all six Premier League and Champions League play-off games after Louis van Gaal became concerned that interest from Madrid had unsettled the Spanish goalkeeper.
United appeared to have finally acquiesced to De Gea’s sale on the final day of the Spanish transfer window, with Keylor Navas set to join the club in part-exchange, along with a fee of £29 million.
However, the deal failed to beat the clock, and it appears that Navas will also remain with his current club, given the linked nature of the transfers.
Unlike the Premier League, La Liga are unlikely to grant either club an extension past the deadline to complete their business.