David De Gea's proposed transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid sensationally collapsed last night amid a failure to lodge the relevant paperwork on time.
Which club was to blame for this failure is still unclear, although both seem to be blaming the other.
It was an embarrassing development for all concerned considering how long this particular proposed move had been rumbling on.
Both clubs had played hard ball, with Manchester United reluctant to be seen selling another of their star assets to Real Madrid without their terms being met. Meanwhile, officials at the Bernabeu were wary of paying too much for a player who will be out of contract in 12 months time and available for free.
Amid the fall-out from the failed move, there's been much reaction on Twitter. Here, we take a look at the best...
Real Madrid trying to open the David De Gea paperwork like... pic.twitter.com/nVVY39IUPx— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) September 1, 2015
Real Madrid receiving De Gea documents pic.twitter.com/UpRs4B2Gci— Adil عادل (@Barzaboy) August 31, 2015
Florentino Perez trying to open the David De Gea paperwork at 23:59... https://t.co/BAJ2xcSFaa— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) August 31, 2015
David de Gea's time at Real Madrid... pic.twitter.com/D6iHmxuf7l— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) August 31, 2015
Ed Woodward: What do you think about sending the paperwork through a minute too late? LvG: https://t.co/JQB1eoSV4n— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) August 31, 2015
El United enviando los papeles de De Gea. pic.twitter.com/BPm24b3BIP— Rocío. (@nikicavalli) August 31, 2015
Puse hotmail en vez de gmail pic.twitter.com/abx7cZh9HE— Petrøvić (@Zidanismo_) August 31, 2015
Live shot of Real Madrid executives. pic.twitter.com/sANF0akXVe— Maxi Rodriguez (@FutbolIntellect) August 31, 2015
Now we are hearing that United did send the documents on time but in a format that couldn't be opened at the LFP. Windows 95?— AS English (@English_AS) August 31, 2015
There's absolutely no chance that deal hasn't gone through if real wanted the player,relevant documents will miraculously appear #power— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) August 31, 2015
How two of the biggest clubs who negotiate a deal for De Gea for weeks fail to get the paperwork done in time is beyond me.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) September 1, 2015
This De Gea story is just absolutely brilliant. Like a Carry-On movie.— Georgie Bingham (@georgiebingham) August 31, 2015
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