Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea’s transfer to Real Madrid has collapsed at the very last moment as the contractual documents were not submitted to the Spanish football league (LFP) office and FIFA on time.

Both football clubs had agreed a £29million (€40million) package for De Gea to move to Real Madrid, and, as part of the deal, Manchester United were planning to bring Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas in the other direction.

However, apparently, the protracted deal has collapsed because the relevant paperwork failed to be submitted to FIFA’s International Transfer Matching System, an online platform that manages all international transfers of professional football players, on pre-season deadline in Spain, ending at midnight on 31 August 2015.

It appears that there is no precedent for a late deal to be re-authorised in Spanish football. As a consequence, Real Madrid is not expected to appeal to FIFA, responsible for sanctioning international transfers, and De Gea will be back to Manchester United, entering the final year of his contract.

Real Madrid’s official statement on the attempt to sign David De Gea and sell Keylor Navas to Manchester United may be found here (in Spanish). Manchester United’s official statement may be found here.