Fifa ban scuppers Real summer move for David de Gea
After the fiasco of the keeper's failed move to Madrid last year, Real were expected to try again after the European Championship.
Following Fifa's decision to place a two-window ban on registering new players on Real Madrid and Atlético, the former's pursuit of David de Gea has been seriously jeopardized. The Manchester United keeper was on the verge of joining Real last summer but the move was thwarted at the 11th hour when the necessary paperwork failed to materialize on time. Despite Real's protestations and the keeper's obvious discomfort, the LFP refused to be moved and the 30-million-euro deal fell through, provoking a war of words between the two clubs.
Florentino Pérez denied during the club's general assembly that Real had paid a compensation package of 10 million euros to De Gea to prevent the Spain keeper from signing a lucrative new contract as Old Trafford: "I keep reading that we have had to pay 10 million euros to De Gea because he didn't join the club, but it is a lie," Pérez stated. De Gea went on to sign a new contract with Manchester United that runs until 2019 but Real were widely expected to launch another bid to lure the 25-year-old to the Spanish capital next summer, after the European Championship in France. Unless Real successfully appeal their transfer ban or make a move this month, De Gea cannot be approached over a potential transfer before the summer of 2017.