John Barnes: David De Gea saga wake-up call for Man United
Former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes runs rule over David De Gea saga after failed move to Real Madrid
John Barnes says the David De Gea saga was a wake-up call for Manchester United.
According to BBC Sport, Real Madrid and United failed to get the necessary documentation to the Spanish Football Federation before the 23:00 BST La Liga deadline.
The Red Devils were reported to have agreed a £29m fee with the 10-time European champions, with Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas set to join United as part of the deal.
And former Liverpool midfielder Barnes believes United were guilty of trying to squeeze too much money out of Madrid, causing a delay in the finalising the transfer.
“Maybe this is bit of a wake-up call to make sure they get it all done early,” Barnes told talkSPORT.
“It’s not the outcome either team would have wanted. De Gea wanted to go and I’m sure Man United would have wanted the money, but [the deal didn’t happen] because they were waiting until the last minute, Man United to squeeze more money out and Real Madrid to pay less money – it serves them both right!”
United manager Louis van Gaal has omitted De Gea from his first five match-day squads of the season, starting summer signing Sergio Romero in goal.
De Gea was named the club’s player of the year last season in 2014 and 2015 after an impressive 24 months for the Red Devils.