The whole world (more so Spain) was shocked at the end of yesterday’s transfer deadline to learn that the summer’s biggest transfer - that of David De Gea from Man United to Real Madrid- had failed because the transfer documents were not submitted on time.
The Spanish media and Real Madrid supporters took to twitter to blame Man United’s Ed Woodward for willingling sabotaging the deal that would have seen De Gea leave Old Trafford and Navas come the other way.
On the other hand, Man United supporters hailed Ed Woodward's "footballing genius" for preventing Real Madrid from signing fan favourite and Man United double player of the year winner, David De Gea.
Below is a sample of the funny clips that were doing rounds on the internet following the accusation that Ed Woodward had jeopardised the deal in order to keep De gea at Old Trafford:
In a new twist, man united has published an official press release in which the club puts the blame squarely on Real Madrid for trying to change the transfer agreement and for failing to upload the papers to TMS on time.
Below is the Press Release:
Manchester United notes Real Madrid’s statement on the attempt to sign David De Gea and sell Navas to Manchester United. The club feels compelled to provide some clarification with the following facts.
· Manchester United did not seek contact from Real Madrid for the sale of David. David is a key member of our squad and the club’s preference was not to sell.
· No offer was received for David until yesterday.
· At lunchtime yesterday, Real Madrid made its first offer to buy David. A deal was agreed between the clubs, which included Navas being transferred to Old Trafford. The deals were dependent on each other.
· In the last several hours of the process, with Navas at the Real Madrid training ground, Real Madrid were controlling the documentation processes of David, Navas and Real Madrid. Manchester United was in control only of the documentation of Manchester United.
· Manchester United sent transfer documents for both players to Real Madrid at 20:42 BST. David’s documentation was returned by Real Madrid to Manchester United without the signatory page at 22:32 BST.
· At 22:40 BST, minutes before the deadline, major changes to the documentation came through to Manchester United which immediately put the deals at risk.
· Only at 22:55 BST were the documents that are needed to cancel David’s contract received by Manchester United from Real Madrid.
· At this point Navas’ documentation was still not returned by Real Madrid.
· At 22:58 BST, the transfer agreement was sent back by Manchester United, uploaded onto TMS and accepted – all before the deadline.
· It is our understanding that the deals couldn’t happen because:
1. Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents onto TMS in time (Manchester United did)
2. Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents to the Spanish league in time, per reports it seems some 28 minutes after the deadline
The fact that Manchester United filed the papers on time was acknowledged by the Football Association, who offered to support that claim in any discussions with FIFA. The club offered this assistance, as well as its own timestamped documents to Real Madrid but they have chosen not to go down this route.
Manchester United acts appropriately and efficiently in its transfer dealings. The club is delighted that its fan-favourite double Player of the Year, David de Gea, remains a Manchester United player.