The most-anticipated transfer of the summer was left until the final minutes of the Spanish window to be tied up, and the battle with the clock didn’t work out well for either Manchester United or Real Madrid as they failed to beat the deadline.
Though a fee of £29 million was agreed to take David de Gea from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu and move Keylor Navas in the opposite direction, and both men were seemingly on board, the necessary documents didn’t reach the Spanish Football Federation headquarters until after the 23:00 cut-off.
It is reported that it was the Premier League club whose paperwork arrived too late – and by a mere minute at that – but that they possess proof that it was sent through early enough, which Real Madrid might be able to use to try to appeal and get the deal signed off.
However, whether this would be successful is unclear because there aren’t the same precedents in Spain as there have been in England when it comes to teams being afforded special dispensation.
bwin.com have odds on how the saga will conclude which reflect the ongoing uncertainty. It is 4/6 that De Gea will still be a Man Utd player on September 4th, while you can get odds of 11/10 on Real Madrid managing to green-light the switch this week.