Man United’s De Gea stance has ruined their chances of signing Gareth Bale

Manchester United’s hardline stance over David De Gea’s future this summer has reportedly ruined their chances of ever prizing Gareth Bale away from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Star.

United and Real have been locked in a bitter tug-of-war over the goalkeeper’s failed deadline day move to the Santiago Bernabeu this week.

The Star reports that Real had agreed a fee of £29m for the Spanish international, as well as being willing to allow Costa Rican international stopper Keylor Navas move in the opposite direction.

Both clubs have been left pointing the finger at each other as paperwork required to get the deal done was not submitted to La Liga and FIFA officials before the Spanish transfer deadline at midnight on Monday (via Star).

And the affair has apparently left Madrid reluctant to deal with United again, with The Star quoting one anonymous source as saying: “I don’t think they (Real Madrid) will be too keen to do business with us again considering the way this has gone.”

United’s short term victory of keeping hold of the custodian will now have long term repercussions with The Star now reporting that Madrid president Florentino Perez told his senior staff that he is done dealing with the Red Devils.

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