David de Gea's move from Manchester United to Real Madrid hangs in the balance amidst claims the required paperwork wasn't filed before the close of the transfer window in Europe last night.
The Spanish international has been the subject of a protracted saga this summer after turning down the offer of a contract extension at Old Trafford, and talks between the two clubs went right down to the wire last night.
It appeared as though there had finally been a breakthrough yesterday when Manchester United accepted an offer from Real Madrid of £29 million plus Costa Rican international Keylor Navas.
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However there was no official announcement before the transfer window shut for European clubs last night, and that was just the start of a saga that then took a string of bizarre twists.
Spanish journalist Guillem Balague first reported that both clubs accused one another of not filing the paperwork in time for the transfer to be ratified, only for Manchester United to reportedly claim that they had proof that documents were sent with one minute to spare.
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It was then claimed that Spanish league authorities did receive the necessary paperwork but couldn't open the documentation in time so couldn't ratify the deal.
The case is currently with FIFA who may give Real Madrid special dispensation to complete the transfer, with Navas spotted at the Bernabeu last night in the hope of resolving his future one way or the other. AS say that the deal isn't going ahead despite an offer being agreed at 11.30pm because paperwork wasn't received by the league until around an hour later.
Spanish newspaper Marca summed up the saga with their one-word headline today which read 'ridiculous' while AS claim the hold-up in completing the transfer was because Navas was uncertain over a move to England.
De Gea has reportedly agreed a six-year contract and was due to be presented today. Further clarification over his future is expected this morning.
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