De Gea's Real Madrid move falls through

The Manchester United goalkeeper will not join the Spanish champions following a protracted summer saga, with the documents for the deal reportedly not filed on time

David De Gea’s move to Real Madrid from Manchester United has fallen through.

Reports suggested that Real and United initiated talks on Monday with the hope of striking a deal for the Spaniard, but it has now emerged that the required documents did not arrive at the headquarters of La Liga on time, thus scuppering the transfer.

De Gea, 24, has not featured for United since pre eason, missing all six Premier League and Champions League playoff games after Louis van Gaal became concerned that interest from Madrid had unsettled the Spanish goalkeeper.

United appeared set to sign Keylor Navas in part-exchange, in addition to a fee of around £29 million, but it appears that the Costa Rica international will not move to Old Trafford, with De Gea remaining in Manchester.

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