Transfer Deadline Day: De Gea's Move in Jeopardy Due to Late Paperwork

David De Gea is set to remain a Manchester United player after Real Madrid reportedly failed to file the required transfer paperwork with the Spanish football authorities.

The blame in the summer's longest saga has now shifted from United to Real after Sky Sports reported that La Liga officials have claimed they didn't receive paperwork from Real asking for De Gea to be added to their squad. Prior reports by Spanish football newspaper AS claimed that Real had sent the documentation to La Liga 28 minutes after the Spanish transfer window closed last night. Despite expressing an interest in De Gea throughout the summer, Real appear to have left the deal to the last day in the hope of driving down United's price for the goalkeeper, who has just one year left on his current contract and could leave on a free transfer next summer.

Early reports claimed that the collapse of the deal was down to United, who allegedly did not submit their paperwork to the Spanish Football Federation until a minute after the 23.00 BST deadline. However, the Red Devils rebuked those claims and said they have time-stamped receipts proving they held up their part of the bargain.

Real are expected to appeal to FIFA, football's world governing body, in a last-ditch attempt to revive the deal. The two clubs have reportedly agreed a fee of £29 million ($44.5 million) for De Gea, and the deal includes Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas going to United. However, since the Spanish transfer window has now closed, Navas would not be able to move as part of any resurrected deal, according to Sky Sports.