David de Gea’s failed move to Real Madrid was caused by Manchester United’s inability to submit documents in time, the Spanish giants have claimed.
Spain goalkeeper De Gea had been expected to move to the Bernabeu throughout the transfer window, but the switch failed to materialise as the Spanish window shut on Monday.
Keylor Navas had been set to move in the opposite direction, but he is likely to remain Real’s number one with the future of De Gea – who has been frozen out of Louis van Gaal’s first-team plans – far more uncertain.
Real released a 10-point statement on Tuesday, outlining the steps taken in Monday’s negotiations, claiming that they missed the deadline to register De Gea by just two minutes.
However, the Bernabeu club also pinpointed an eight-hour wait to receive contracts from Old Trafford as a key factor in the collapsed move.
Real’s statement reads in full: “1 – Manchester United were not willing to negotiate a deal for David de Gea until yesterday morning.
“2 – Real Madrid accepted this, despite how short on time things were and the difficulties this could cause.
“3 – Manchester United only agreed to negotiate if Keylor Navas was included in the operation. Manchester United claimed they had already contacted Navas’ agent.
“4 – Both clubs reached an agreement. Real Madrid sent the paperwork to Manchester United at 1339 Spanish time.
“5 – Manchester United replied with comments eight hours later, 2143 Spanish time. Real Madrid accepted them all as they weren’t relevant and the aim was to speed the process up.
“6 – Real Madrid got both David de Gea and Keylor Navas to sign the contracts and send them to Manchester United at 2332 Spanish time. Manchester United had to sign and send them back to Spain.
“7 – Manchester United reached a final agreement with Navas’ agent at 2353 Spanish time and it was at that time Navas signed his new contract.
“8 – Manchester United got the data for De Gea in the TMS at 0000 Spanish time. They did not do the same with Keylor Navas. Real received the paperwork at 0002 Spanish time but when they tried to forward them to the TMS this was already closed.
“9 – FIFA’s TMS system invited Real at 0026 Spanish time to fill De Gea paperwork as the Premier League’s transfer window was still open. Real sent all the information to the Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) even thought it was passed deadline by then.
“10 – In short, Real Madrid had done absolutely everything needed to make sure both signings would go through.”