De Gea Madrid move aborted; documents arrived at 00:28
The LFP did not receive the relevant documentation in time and for the moment, the keeper will remain at Manchester United.
David de Gea will not play at Real Madrid - at least not at the start of the season. The contracts, which had been signed by the player, did not arrive at the LFP headquarters in time to be processed so as it stands, Keylor Navas will continue at Real Madrid and De Gea with United. Sources at the LFP confirmed that the documents sent by Real Madrid arrived at 00:28 CEST.
A total agreement between both clubs had been reached almost an hour earlier at 23:30. Real Madrid and Manchester United had agreed a 30 million euro fee for the transfer of David de Gea while Keylor would move in the opposite direction for 15 million. However, Keylor wanted to make modifications to his contract which meant that they were dispatched later than anticipated.
The two clubs started negotiating this morning but only started to make headway once United had secured Martial. Part of the operation hinged on Keylor accepting United's offer but the player was initially against a move to Old Trafford until he was eventually convinced by Van Gaal. It is understood that the bureaucratic formalities concerning the Costa Rican keeper’s transfer took longer than expected, and still hadn’t been resolved until well after De Gea’s transfer was closed.
But the documentation didn’t get to the LFP headquarters on time for De Gea to be registered, arriving 28 minutes after the transfer window had closed.