Real Madrid: Man United only opened De Gea talks on Monday morning, sent TMS data at 00.00

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Real Madrid have launched a riposte to the accusations that they failed to file the paperwork for David De Gea in on time, by turning the blame around on Manchester United.

The Spanish powerhouse released a statement on Tuesday afternoon giving their take on what actually happened in the transfer negotiations between the two clubs.

The first bombshell which Los Blancos dropped was that claim that official talks between the two clubs only began on Monday morning.

According to their version of events, Manchester United agreed for Keylor Navas to be a part of this deal and for him to be transferred into their club, and Real Madrid sent the contract documents to Manchester at 13:39 Spanish time.

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Manchester United reportedly sent the contracts back with a few comments, eight hours later, at 21:43 Spanish time. Those contracts included minor modifications to the deal.

Real claim that all the changes to the contract were accepted immediately, and after the signatures of De Gea and Navas were finally inked on the documents the contracts were sent back to Man United at 23:32 Spanish time.

Crucially, Real accuse United of only entering the details into the transfer system at 00.00. Thus, when Real tried to close the deal at 00.02, the window was already closed.

The full Real Madrid statement can be read here.

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