- Talks opened between Real Madrid and Manchester United on Monday
- The Spanish club had thrashed out a £29m deal with United
- Madrid have hit out at United in a 10-point statement
- Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas was due to join United in part-exchange
- But Real said United did not submit paperwork in time for Spanish deadline
- United refute claims but LFP say they filed paperwork in wrong format
- De Gea was set for Bernabeu presentation and is said to be devastated
- He had agreed six-year contract with Real – who were relaxed about move
- FIFA revealed they had not received an appeal from Madrid
Real Madrid have issued a scathing 10-point statement blaming Manchester United for the collapse of David de Gea’s proposed move to Spain.
United and Madrid had agreed a deal worth £29million for the transfer of De Gea to the Bernabeu, with Keylor Navas heading in the other direction.
But that deal fell through after the paperwork was not submitted before the Spanish deadline of midnight on Monday.
David de Gea’s dream move to Real Madrid from Manchester United has collapsed after a delay in paperwork
De Gea (centre) hasn’t played for Manchester United yet this season due to an uncertain future
De Gea has not been selected by Louis van Gaal due to doubts about his focus amid interest from Real
‘Ridiculous’: Marca’s back page on Tuesday after a bizarre final night of the summer transfer window in Spain
United and Madrid entered advanced talks about signing the goalkeeper De Gea on Monday until the hitch
United claimed Madrid were the ones to blame for the collapse of the deal, but the Spanish giants issued a statement on Tuesday condemning the actions of the Old Trafford club.
‘Real Madrid has done everything necessary, and at all times, to implement these two transfers,’ said Madrid in a lengthy 10-point statement published on their website on Tuesday afternoon.
Madrid claim in the statement that United did not open negotiations with them until Monday morning.
The Spanish club say they then came to a ‘quick agreement’ over the transfer of Navas to United and that of De Gea to Madrid.
The statement adds that Madrid forwarded the relevant contracts to United at 12:39pm BST – over 10 hours before the window was due to shut.
Madrid claim United took over eight hours to return the contracts to them – and they came back with ‘minor alterations’.
Madrid say they accepted these changes and sent the contracts, with signatures from Navas and De Gea, back to United at 10:39pm.
REAL MADRID STATEMENT IN FULL
Following yesterday’s events in relation to the intended signing of the player David de Gea, Real Madrid wishes to state:
1. Manchester United did not agree to open any negotiations over the federative rights of David de Gea until yesterday morning.
2. Real Madrid, despite the difficulties entailed in carrying out a deal of these characteristics on the final day of registration, agreed to initiate these talks.
3. When Manchester United agreed to negotiate yesterday morning, they made it subject to reaching an agreement with Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas for the player to join the British club from this season, and stated that it was in contact with the aforementioned player’s representatives.
4. Real Madrid and Manchester United quickly reached an agreement for the transfers of both players. Following the drawing up of the relevant contractual documentation required, and with the purpose of proceeding with enough time to process both FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) and the registration with the Liga de Fútbol Profesional, Real Madrid sent Manchester United the contracts at 13.39 Spanish time.
5. Manchester United sent their remarks regarding the aforementioned contracts eight hours later, at 21.43 Spanish time, including minor modifications. As these modifications were not significant, they were all accepted immediately by Real Madrid, with the intention being able to register the player on time both via TMS and with the Liga de Fútbol Profesional.
6. Real Madrid, having obtained the signatures of the players De Gea and Keylor Navas, sent the British club the aforementioned signed contracts at 23:32 Spanish time, before waiting to receive the final documents signed by Manchester United.
7. Manchester United reached a final agreement with the representatives of Keylor Navas at 23:53 Spanish time, and it is at this point that the contracts were sent to the player to be signed.
8. Manchester United entered the details of the David de Gea deal, not those of Keylor Navas, at 00:00 Spanish time, simultaneously sending Real Madrid the signed transfer contracts. Real Madrid received this complete documentation at 00:02 and attempted to access TMS, but it was now closed.
9. At 00:26 Spanish time, FIFA’s TMS invited Real Madrid to fill out the details of the player David de Gea, as the period of registration in England remains open until today. Real Madrid, in view of the possible eventuality of an administrative dispute over the player’s transfer, decided to send the contracts to the Liga de Fútbol Profesional, despite the knowledge that the deadline had passed.
10. In short, Real Madrid did everything necessary at all times to complete both transfers.
An agreement between United and Navas was not reached until 10:53pm UK time, according to Madrid, who also claim the English club then did not upload the documents into FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) until 11:00pm.
Madrid claim they then tried to access the deal via TMS, but were unable to do so as the window had already closed.
Madrid may claim that United only opened negotiations with them on deadline day, but in reality, the 10-time European champions knew all summer what the asking price was for De Gea, and they did not meet it.
United first demanded Sergio Ramos in exchange for De Gea, but when the defender renewed his contract with the club, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward set a new price of £32.6m for the goalkeeper.
Madrid made a tentative enquiry about De Gea earlier in the summer but no real offer was made until Monday morning.
The reputation of Madrid president Florentino Perez has taken a blow following his failure to land the club’s top transfer target.
De Gea’s switch to Madrid would have seen Keylor Navas (right) join Manchester United in part-exchange
Navas saved a penalty as Madrid ran out 5-0 winners against Real Betis in La Liga at the weekend
After being told he was to be sold, Navas will now be the club’s No 1 for the rest of the campaign.
De Gea, meanwhile, remained none the wiser as to how this shambolic episode would play out. He became increasingly pessimistic, though. De Gea is due to meet up with the Spanish national team at 9pm on Tuesday night in Madrid and he is still planning to be in attendance.
Interestingly, sources close to his agent Jorge Mendes have suggested that Navas may have been responsible for dragging the dealings out on Monday afternoon.
Real Madrid’s statement on the De Gea farce has not gone unnoticed at Old Trafford. United are now considering whether to respond.
De Gea was staying with his girlfriend Edurne Garcia on Monday night as he awaited confirmation of his move
De Gea’s relationship with United boss Van Gaal is in tatters and the goalkeeper is said to be ‘devastated’
As Sportsmail reported, he was not desperate to join United and he only agreed to make the move once it was clear that he had no future at Real Madrid. His indecisiveness is said to have eaten into precious time.
Nonetheless, it remains the case that something has gone significantly wrong with the processing of the documents by Madrid or United, with the two clubs accusing one another. The blame game is afoot.
Spanish newspaper AS claimed on Tuesday morning that Real Madrid’s documents hadn’t been filed until 28 minutes after the deadline.
De Gea, for his part, was said to be ‘devastated’ after he flew into Madrid to complete the transfer. The goalkeeper, who was staying with his girlfriend Edurne Garcia in the Spanish capital on Monday night, agreed a six-year deal with Madrid and was due to be presented at the Bernabeu at lunchtime on Tuesday.
United’s transfer policy was in chaos heading into deadline day with Javier Hernandez and Adnan Januzaj both leaving on Monday while Louis van Gaal is gambling on Monaco teen Anthony Martial in a deal that could rise to £58m. James Wilson is also set to depart on loan on Tuesday.
De Gea was instrumental for United last season as he helped the club return to the Champions League places
De Gea’s departure would not be unexpected but would still be a big blow for United
It only takes minutes to finalise a transfer… so what happened?
Mark Goddard, general manager of FIFA’s Transfer Matching System told ESPN: ‘[Clubs] have to provide compulsory data, upload mandatory documents and declare all payments involved in a transfer. If all parties are organised, it takes between seven and 10 minutes.’
United are understood to have been anxious throughout the day that Madrid were too relaxed over the De Gea transfer after the Spanish side only made their first official offer on deadline day for La Liga.
De Gea’s powerful agent Mendes facilitated the negotiations as the two clubs brought an end to the posturing and, remarkably, held conducive talks for the very first time this summer.
The clubs finally thrashed out a deal on Monday afternoon when Madrid agreed to pay United £19m and allow Navas — valued at £10m — to head to Manchester. The total valuation of the deal was expressed as £29m by the two clubs.
De Gea, who joined United in 2011, was left dreading the prospect of having to return to Old Trafford until his contract expires next summer.
The Spaniard’s relationship with United manager Van Gaal and goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek is in tatters after the Dutchman Van Gaal accused De Gea of refusing to play for the club in the opening games of the Premier League season.
De Gea intially struggled with the physicality of the Premier League (left) but became a crucial United player
De Gea frequently came to United’s rescue last season as Van Gaal led the team to a finish of fourth
De Gea was left privately seething and he was also ordered to train with the reserves for much of the past three weeks and he was told that he would not be welcome to join the United squad at away games.
Many inside Carrington were bemused by the treatment of De Gea, who has always been regarded as an outstanding professional.
De Gea refused to rise to Van Gaal’s bait. He continued to do as the club requested, training daily and sitting in the stands at home games as Mendes assured him the deal would come to fruition.
De Gea’s patience seemed to have finally been rewarded only for his dream to turn into a nightmare as the clock struck midnight.
Sergio Romero was not impressive as United were beaten 2-1 by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday
DAVID DE GEA TRANSFER SAGA Q&A
Why did the transfer not happen?
Because Real Madrid failed to register David de Gea with the Spanish football League (LFP) before Spain’s midnight transfer deadline.
Were Manchester United in anyway to blame?
Their responsibility was to register the transfer with FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) which they did.
How does TMS work?
United would have logged in on Monday night, put their password in, and then filled out the on-screen form answering questions such as ‘Are you the buying club or selling club?’ ‘Name of player?’ ‘Name of agent?’ ‘Fee?’ Etc. At the same time Real Madrid should have been doing the same. If the two independent registrations of the deal match then both parties get a message: ‘This transfer has been registered with Fifa’.
And did this happen in time?
Madrid say they received paperwork at 11.59pm and that they have proof of this. In theory there is no exchange of paperwork so presumably they mean that at 11.59pm both clubs had registered the deal and FIFA had confirmed it. The transfer was done.
So if the transfer was done before the deadline time of the country of the buying club then surely De Gea is a Real Madrid player and Navas is a Manchester United player?
No, because Real Madrid then needed to register the player with the league and they did this at 12.28am – 28 minutes after deadline.
Can Real Madrid wangle this? Will the LFP not give them special dispensation?
Madrid are trying to claim that because they have proof that the transfer had taken place before midnight they have effectively met the deadline.
But the rule is clear – the player must be registered with the league before midnight. The precedents say there will be no wriggle-room on this. Real Madrid tried to sign Guilherme Siqueira and sell Fabio Coentrao to Manchester United in September 2013 and the deal was not done in time.
And Levante tried to take Bryan Ruiz on loan from Fulham in January of this year but the paperwork arrived a minute after midnight at the LFP offices and so the deal never happened despite Levante’s attempts to get Fifa to over-rule the LFP.
Source : Daily Mail