United hit back at Real over De Gea ‘fiasco’
LONDON — Manchester United are at war with Real Madrid after the collapse of
The Hammers began the day by confirming the return of midfielder Alex Song for a second season on loan from Barcelona before they captured Chelsea winger Victor Moses, also on a season-long loan.
The club then announced permanent deals for striker Nikica Jelavic from Hull and winger Michail Antonio from Nottingham Forest.
There were also reports of interest in Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor but the former Arsenal and Manchester City man appeared to be locked in a contract dispute with Spurs.
Having apparently given up hope of prising John Stones from Everton for this window, Chelsea completed a deal for Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji from Nantes.
The fee was reported to be around £2.2million, just over seven per cent of the £30million they were prepared to pay for Stones.
A deal was also agreed for Reading defender Michael Hector but he was immediately loaned back to the Royals.
Everton, who rejected three bids from Chelsea for Stones and a transfer request from the player, signed a new defender themselves.
The Toffees confirmed an expected deal for Ramiro Funes Mori from River Plate, although the £9.5million fee was considerably more than the £5.5million initial reports had suggested it would be.
Southampton announced the signing of defender Virgil van Dijk David de Gea’s move from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu descended into tit-for-
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He becomesmes United’s third most expensive signing after Angel Di Maria (£59.7 59.7 million) and Juan tat accusations and bitter recriminations between the two clubs.
The £29 million deal that also involved Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas joining United fell through when the Spanish giants failed to register De Gea as their player in time for the Spanish transfer deadline at midnight on Monday.
Madrid have been widely blamed for the fiasco with one Old Trafford source describing it as “a car crash waiting to happen”.
On an extraordinary day of claim and counter claim, the Spaniards responded by issuing a 10-point statement alleging that United instigated negotiations to end the long-running transfer saga and were at fault for holding up the deal.
It concluded: “In short, Real has done everything necessary, and at all times, for these two transfers to go through.”
But United hit back on Tuesday night with an official statement of their own, insisting that Madrid made the first move with an opening offer believed to be in the region of £11 million plus Navas, and are to blame for registering De Gea too late.
The club said: “Manchester United acts appropriately and efficiently in its transfer dealings.”
Privately, United believe that Madrid got cold feet over the deal and sabotaged it due to a surge in support for Navas from their own fans.
The source dismissed claims from Real that they took eight hours to return the paperwork as “absolute rubbish”, and revealed that there was a significant change to the terms of De Gea’s contract just 20 minutes before the deadline.
United had a private jet on standby to bring Navas to Manchester for a medical, but were unable to make contact with his agent for three hours, and were then told by Madrid that the Costa Rica international did not need to fly. — Daily Mail MILAN — Coach Antonio Conte (pictured) has demanded Italy seal their Euro 2016 ticket this weekend but has warned that only first team regulars will figure in his travelling plans for next summer’s tournament in France.
Italy host Malta in Florence today before travelling to Palermo to host a Bulgarian side desperate to relaunch their qualifying campaign with four games remaining in Group H.
Victory from both games would see Italy book their ticket for the European Championships with two games to spare.
Conte, who led Juventus to three consecutive titles prior to taking over the Italy job, advised his squad to put aside what is going on in domestic competition.
“It’s an important week for us. With two wins against Malta and Bulgaria we can qualify for Euro 2016,” said Conte, who took over from Cesare Prandelli following Italy’s first-round exit from last year’s World Cup.
“I want the players to forget what’s happening in their various clubs. All we should be focusing on is winning our games. — AFP
De Gea was instrumental for United last season as he helped the club return to the Champions League.