David De Gea's move from Manchester United to Real Madrid took a dramatic twist on Monday night, after the deal was not confirmed in time to beat the Spanish transfer deadline.
fter months of protracted negotiations over De Gea's move from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu, a deal for the keeper was agreed on Monday morning, with a move finally set to be rubber-stamped ahead of the 11pm Spanish transfer deadline.
Yet after the final paperwork was submitted in the last minutes of the transfer window, it appears that files sent to conclude the deal could not be opened as they were password protected.
Football's governing body FIFA have now been called in to try and resolve the confusion, with sources at Old Trafford rejecting reports in Spain that they submitted their paperwork after the deadline and claim they have a time-stamp from FIFA as proof.
Real Madrid may now launch an appeal to sign De Gea outside of the transfer window, citing technical issues surrounding a deal that has been an ongoing saga throughout this summer.
De Gea has yet to play for United this season after manager Louis van Gaal declared he was not in the right frame of mind to take to the field as he pushed for a move back to his Spanish homeland.
Now it seems as if the deal that was in place at the start of the day may have been scuppered by an administrative error, yet it is hard to imagine De Gea showing up at United's Carrington training ground any time soon given the day's events.
Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas had agreed to make the move to United as part of the deal, but this story that has been dominating the transfer agenda for the last few months may now drag on for a little while yet.