This is according to James Ducker of The Times - and backed up by Jamie Jackson of the Guardian - who understands the Costa Rica international was keen to join the Red Devils this week after Real Madrid agreed to sell him to the Premier League giants.
Real Madrid were set to receive David de Gea in return, but the deal collapsed at the eleventh hour because the relevant paperwork was not submitted in time. The Spanish club insist they are not to blame for the transfer failing to materialise, while Manchester United are also adamant they followed the procedure in order to make the deal happen.
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As a result of Monday night’s chaotic events, both Manchester United and Real Madrid are left with unhappy goalkeepers.
De Gea was reportedly “distraught” after failing to secure his dream move to the Bernabeu, while Navas now knows Real Madrid were more than happy to offload him in order to sign the Manchester United No. 1.
Navas could still replace De Gea
The transfer window in England did not shut until 6pm on Tuesday and Navas could still have joined Manchester United had the two clubs reached an agreement.
But after Monday night - and the statements that have since been released - there was never any chance of Navas ending up at Old Trafford.
It was reported on Monday that Navas had been reluctant to move to Old Trafford and that this subsequently held up the entire deal - but this latest information suggests that may not have been the case.
The underrated Navas would have been an excellent signing for Manchester United and there’s a chance it may happen in the future - either in January or next summer.
Manchester United fans: should Keylor Navas replace David de Gea in 2016? If not, who should? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!