De Gea to Madrid? The Controversy after the Long Wait (Part II Man Utd’s Version)

The war of words between Manchester United and Real Madrid have taken another dimension after the Old Trafford club issued a statement saying the Santiago Bernebeu outfit should take the blame for the collapse of David De Gea’s proposed move.

The Madrid club have, in an earlier release, pointed accusing fingers at United over their failure to land the Spanish goalkeeper before Monday’s midnight transfer deadline in Spain.

But United have responded with a counter-statement of their own on Tuesday evening.

According to the Premier League club’s statement: • Manchester United did not seek contact from Real Madrid for the sale of David. David is a key member of our squad and the club’s preference was not to sell.

• No offer was received for David until yesterday.

• At lunchtime yesterday, Real Madrid made its first offer to buy David. A deal was agreed between the clubs, which included Navas being transferred to Old Trafford. The deals were dependent on each other.

David De Gea's Move to Real Madrid Collapsed Because the Spanish Club Didn't Upload David Documents Onto TMS/ to the Spanish League in Time, Says the English Club. Image: Getty.
David De Gea’s Move to Real Madrid Collapsed Because the Spanish Club Didn’t Upload David Documents Onto TMS/ to the Spanish League in Time, Says the English Club. Image: Getty.

• In the last several hours of the process, with Navas at the Real Madrid training ground, Real Madrid were controlling the documentation processes of David, Navas and Real Madrid. Manchester United was in control only of the documentation of Manchester United.

• Manchester United sent transfer documents for both players to Real Madrid at 20:42 BST. David’s documentation was returned by Real Madrid to Manchester United without the signatory page at 22:32 BST.

• At 22:40 BST, minutes before the deadline, major changes to the documentation came through to Manchester United which immediately put the deals at risk.

• Only at 22:55 BST were the documents that are needed to cancel David’s contract received by Manchester United from Real Madrid.

• At this point Navas’ documentation was still not returned by Real Madrid.

• At 22:58 BST, the transfer agreement was sent back by Manchester United, uploaded onto TMS and accepted – all before the deadline.

• It is our understanding that the deals couldn’t happen because:

• Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents onto TMS in time (Manchester United did)

• Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents to the Spanish league in time, per reports it seems some 28 minutes after the deadline

• The fact that Manchester United filed the papers on time was acknowledged by the Football Association, who offered to support that claim in any discussions with FIFA. The club offered this assistance, as well as its own timestamped documents to Real Madrid but they have chosen not to go down this route.