Real Madrid’s failure to finalise a deal with Manchester United on Monday before the Spanish transfer window would, on the surface, put an end to any possibility of David de Gea moving this summer.
However, Real Madrid have unsurprisingly challenged the decision and taken it to UEFA in an attempt to either prove the papers were pushed through in time, or to get a deadline extension.
If the timing of the papers was indeed the problem, then there has been precedent set previously which could serve as the template for this De Gea scenario.
Here’s the definition of precedent: “An earlier event or action that is regarded as an example or guide to be considered in subsequent similar circumstances.” With that in mind, remind yourselves what happened with Bryan Ruiz back in January 2015.
I'll just leave this here pic.twitter.com/l6GkEp8XUZ
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) August 31, 2015
Fulham, a British club, sent Ruiz’s paperwork one minute late to Levante, a Spanish club, but Levante decided not to appeal and the move never happened.
Much has been said about Real Madrid’s power outside of just the football pitch and this will be an excellent scenario to judge whether or not they really do have power above all clubs.