By COLE KELLOGG
After three long and complicated months of the David De Gea transfer saga, the deal broke down in a manner more convoluted than imaginable.
Manchester United and Real Madrid have released conflicting statements on why the De Gea move could not get worked out before the transfer deadline.
Real Madrid blames Manchester United for refusing to open negotiations of the goalkeeper’s future until Monday morning. Madrid’s post states that they did not receive the necessary final documentation for the De Gea deal until two minutes after the window had shut at midnight, and that the English club had not included the terms of a proposed Keylor Navas switch in that documentation.
Manchester United, on the other hand, contends that Madrid was the team that initiated contact over the transfer of De Gea. The English club presented a different timeline, ultimately contending that it did everything necessary to ensure that the swap deal would be able to be processed before the window shut.
According to the team’s statement, all necessary documents were signed, sent back to Madrid, and uploaded to the Transfer Matching System two minutes before midnight.
Here’s a closer look at some news and notes from Deadline Day:
WEST HAM SIGNS TRIO OF EPL VETS
West Ham will have done the most to strengthen it’s side for the season this transfer deadline day.
All three signings are seasoned English Premier League veterans. Song played 138 times for Arsenal before earning a move to Barcelona in 2012. The defensive midfielder then returned to the EPL last season with West Ham on loan, playing 28 times and becoming a fan favorite at Upton Park.
This will be the third straight season that Victor Moses has been loaned out by Chelsea, making 19 appearances for Liverpool two years ago and the same number for Stoke City last season. The winger scored three times for Stoke in the 2014-15 campaign.
Nikica Jelavic arrived at Everton in 2012 and began his career at Merseyside as an instant success. He scored a respectable 16 goals in 59 appearances with the Blues.
In January 2014, Jelavic made the move to Hull City. The Croatian striker helped keep the Tigers up in his debut term, but he followed the side down to the Championship at the end of last season.
West Ham also added Michail Antonio before the window slammed shut. The winger signed from Nottingham Forest in the English Championship.
SOUTHAMPTON ADD CELTIC DEFENDER
Virgil van Dijk arrived in Southampton from Celtic on Deadline Day for a transfer fee of $17.6 million (£11.5 million).
Van Dijk agreed a five-year contract with Ronald Koeman’s side on Tuesday. The Dutch defender won two straight league titles in Scotland alongside a Scottish Cup since joining Celtic in 2013.
The 24-year-old will join up with former Celtic teammates Fraser Forster and Dusan Tadic at St. Mary’s.
CHELSEA BRING IN DJILOBODJI AND HECTOR
Jose Mourinho’s side put together two low-key signings before the trade deadline, with Chelsea bringing in Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector each for approximately $6.1 million (£4 million) on Tuesday.
Djilobodji comes from Nantes in France, where the Senegalese centerback played 171 matches in five seasons and scored five goals.
Hector has signed from Reading in the English Championship. The center back will continue at Reading for the rest of the season, as Chelsea loaned him back as part of the deal.
WATFORD STRENGTHEN WITH IBARBO
After only securing three points in their first four league matches, Watford has added some new players on Deadline Day.
The most high profile addition is Victor Ibarbo, a Colombian striker who joins on loan from Cagliari after spending seven months with Roma. Ibarbo featured three times for Colombia in his national team’s run to the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup.
Watford has also strengthened through the addition of midfielder Adlene Guedioura. Guedioura spent time on loan with the team last season, scoring three goals and making 17 appearances to help the side earn promotion.
Striker Obbi Oulare has also signed for Watford from Club Brugge. The Belgian attacker scored nine goals in 39 games for the side.
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What will happen to De Gea and Navas after the deal broke down? What do you think of the deals that got done on Deadline Day? Which English Premier League side will benefit the most from last-minute additions?
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