David de Gea’s transfer saga has been the most sought out story of the transfer window and it took a whole new direction on the deadline day. It was reported that Ral Madrid and Manchester United agreed on a fee for the Spaniard and Keylor Navas would be sent to United as a part of the deal. However, the deal failed to go through as paperwork could not be done on time and both the teams blamed each other for the delay.
Manchester United insisted that they had submitted the requested paperwork, but after the requisite documents didn’t arrive with FIFA’s Transfer Management System (TMS) before the midnight deadline. The papers apparently arrived at 12.28.
However, even if De Gea were to be allowed to join the Spanish giants, the LFP – the equivalent body to the English Premier League – has ruled out reopening their registration period thus meaning De Gea would be ineligible for league games.
LFP Sources were quoted by El Pais: “The period [for registrations] finished last night. The rules are for everyone and you must adhere to them.”
FIFA claimed: “FIFA doesn’t have the authority to order the registration of a footballer.”
It was thought at first that, Real Madrid may appeal to FIFA requesting the deal to go through, but they finally did not as it would not have mattered.
Later it was confirmed that the deal is off and de Gea will stay at Old Trafford.
With the window now closed the Spaniard goes back to Old Trafford and Keylor Navas, part of the original deal stays at the Bernebau but there’s even more for De Gea.
Spanish Newspaper AS are reporting that the former Atletico Madrid number one is owed 10 million euros as they failed to get the deal done!
“Real Madrid promised to pay David de Gea compensation of 10 million euros if they failed to sign the Spain international keeper before the end of the transfer window, according to sources.”
The reports suggest that is De Gea had been the one to call the deal off he would have been in line to pay the compensation but as that wasn’t the case he can expect to make a hefty windfall from the failed transfer.
On top of that €10 million the 24-year-old could expect to get a huge signing on fee from Rafa Benitez’s club should he join next season on a free when his contract runs out.