Cole and more: Twitter reacts as De Gea’s move to Real Madrid from Man United collapses

Andrew Cole and Robbie Fowler take to Twitter after reports David De Gea's £29m move from Man United to Real Madrid has collapsed

David De Gea’s much-anticipated move to Real Madrid from Manchester United has collapsed after the necessary paperwork wasn’t submitted in time.

The Spain goalkeeper was expected to complete a £29m move to The Bernabeu in a deal which would see Chile goalkeeper Keylor Navas move to Old Trafford.

According to BBC Sport, the key paperwork didn’t make it to the Spanish Football Federation before La Liga’s 23:00 BST deadline on Monday night.

Here is a selection of the best Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, as the drama unfolded on social media last night.

La Liga expert Guillem Balague is on top of the latest developments in the long-running De Gea saga:

It doesn’t take a wild imagination to conjure the thoughts that Alan Tonge is having:

Former Barcelona midfielder Gaizka Mendieta can’t believe a transfer deal has been allowed to collapse in the final minutes of the transfer window despite months of talks:

United legend Andrew Cole reckons this impassioned Rio Ferdinand plea may have something to do with it:

Retired Liverpool and Manchester City striker Robbie Fowler still expects De Gea to join Real Madrid:

Former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore reckons transfer deadline day could replace tv shows like Friends on Comedy Central:

Balague updates us on the biggest transfer mystery since Ander Herrera and his three men in black:

Manchester City legend Rodney Marsh isn’t being sucked into the drama:

Finally, Jan Aage Fjortoft is confident that there are too many powerful people involved for the transfer not to be completed:

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