Manchester United insist they are not to blame for David de Gea’s collapsed move to Real Madrid.
Old Trafford sources have rejected reports in Spain that they were too late in filing the paperwork for the goalkeeper’s proposed £29m move to the Bernabeu.
Real are still hoping to push through a deal that will see Keylor Navas head in the opposite direction – but as of last night’s 11pm European transfer deadline the Spanish Football Federation had not confirmed the transfer.
United are adamant they submitted all the necessary document via FIFA’s Transfer Matching System and claim they that a time-stamp as proof.
It is understood that United feel it was Real who missed the deadline and are to blame for the late drama in what has already been the most protracted deal of the summer.
Reports in Spain indicated the documents did not reach the Spanish league office until 28 minutes after the deadline.
United have taken a hard line stance over De Gea, insisting he would not be sold for less than £33m.
The deal involving Navas was a compromise after Louis van Gaal’s decision to omit De Gea from his squad at the start of the season.