Other transfer cases were frustrated by events that bureaucratic issues
The De Gea case monopolized the closure of the summer transfer market of 2015. After months and months of pages, news and data on the signing of the Manchester United goalkeeper, from Madrid and former Atlético for the white club, everything was going to be decided in a minute.
And it is that both clubs decided to leave everything until the end to the point that due to a difference of minutes over the transfer period, the goalkeeper was not registered and therefore signed by Real Madrid who was going to pay a few million for him in addition to sending Keylor Navas to Manchester. In this case a delay of 28 minutes prevented the operation from being performed.
However, It is not the first time that both clubs do the same. Hace un par de años, Manchester United y Real Madrid, They experienced a similar case due to the signing of Fabio Coentrao who experienced a case almost identical to that of the goalkeeper with a similar ending. And it is that the Portuguese finally also ended up staying at Real Madrid.
But the case of De Gea is not the only one in the transfer market for the summer of 2015. Sampdoria and Napoli, they had agreed on Roberto Soriano's pass, that despite the name is not Spanish but German nationalized Italian. when everything was clear, both clubs missed the deadline to send the papers and register the player.
In 2015 We also live a similar case in the Spanish League. In the winter transfer market of the 2014/15, the Levant lived a very similar case if not identical. The granotas signed the Costa Rican Bryan Ruiz from Fulham and even registered him in the LFP. However, a delay in sending the Fulham papers, something that already seems habitual in the English clubs, they made the signing register about a minute after the deadline closed. After more than a month of waiting, the signing was rejected by FIFA and the TAD thus leaving Levante without its brand new signing.
In 2011 It was Zaragoza who experienced something similar. He agreed with Porto on the signing of Miguel Lopes but things fell apart after the documentation for his signing arrived five minutes after the deadline, leaving the signing invalidated. And it is that the famous Spanish proverb already says it: “Never leave for tomorrow what you can do today”.