Manchester United's David De Gea is to remain a part of the Old Trafford furniture past tonight's transfer deadline, despite the best efforts from his dream club, Real Madrid, to sign him.
That's the claim coming from the Santiago Bernabeu in a story that is set to dominate today's news as the Premier League clubs clamour for new blood before the 6pm cut-off point.
It has been widely reported that United are responsible for the £29m deal collapsing, or so say Real - as per ESPN.
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The line from Spain is that they did not receive the necessary paperwork in time for them to get the documents to the Spanish Football Federation headquarters until a minute after the 23:00 La Liga deadline.
When it comes to transfers between clubs, Spain is renowned for its strict adherence of the rules; unlike in England, Spanish clubs are never given any additional time to finalise transfers and it would appear that the De Gea deal is dead in the water because of this.
Real now have the option to appeal to FIFA and it remains to be seen whether or not they will. One thing is for sure; the Spanish giants are livid. One wonders how De Gea himself is feeling.
The transfer rumour surrounding the player has dragged on all summer long so you have to wonder why all involved parties didn't just get their finger out early doors.
Leaving it until literally the last minute was always going to be perilous, and now Real haven't got their man and United haven't got their cash!
United fans, do you think a deal for De Gea should have been completed in the early stages of the transfer window? Let us know in the comments box below.
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