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Madrid blames United for De Gea debacle

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MADRID (AP) The deadline arrived, but the announcement never did.

In a surreal ending to the transfer window in Spain, the much-anticipated move of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea to Real Madrid never materialized. The clubs had struck a deal that would see Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas move the other way, but it apparently broke down because the necessary paperwork wasn't submitted on time.

Madrid and United negotiated late into the evening on Monday after talks that dragged on for several weeks, but the clubs failed to register the new contract with the Spanish league offices before midnight local time.