La Liga has confirmed that it did not receive the relevant documents for the agreement by its deadline of midnight on August 31 and Spanish newspaper Marca, known for its close ties with Real Madrid, believes the deal is off until January at the earliest.
For Manchester United’s part, they have told Sky Sports News HQ that they signed and sent all relevant documentation on time and that they have the evidence to prove it.
As a result, both clubs may consider an appeal over the likely cause of the delay, which may include a computer glitch.
Now Spanish newspaper El Pais reports journalist Sid Lowe saying that the Spanish federation will refuse to budge and allow a deal, meaning that it is off.
“Rules are for everyone… FIFA has no jurisdiction,” is the brief quote attributed to the LFP.
Guillem Balague has also told Sky Sports News HQ a similar story:
Spanish football expert Guillem Balague told Sky Sports News HQ: “La Liga has confirmed that the documents have not reached them on time and, as it stands, the transfer is not going to take place.
“Last night the head of the league went on national radio and spoke. He said of course they can appeal but he didn’t think there was any way that La Liga would change their mind.
“Everything was done and everyone was waiting. David de Gea was at his girlfriend’s house in Madrid, [Real Madrid president] Florentino Perez was at the Santiago Bernabeu.”
Manchester United are now in a situation whereby they have a goalkeeper who doesn’t want to be at the club and will allow his contract to run down and move on a free transfer next summer. A move in January for a cut-price fee is surely far more likely.