Real Madrid ready return for Man United ‘paperwork-gate’ star in 2016

Real Madrid are ready to revive their botched summer move for Manchester United’s David de Gea next year, according to reports from Sport.

The Spain international came within hours of swapping Old Trafford for the Bernabeu during the last window before a mix up with submitting the official paperwork scuppered the transfer.

Despite De Gea and Keylor Navas – who was set to move in the opposite direction as part of the deal – having agreed terms with the respective clubs, who had settled a fee, the forms needed to make the agreement official were not received by the necessary officials in time, forcing both players to stay put.

The United man has since penned a new contract – his previous deal was due to expire in 2016 – but a release clause of around £30m is thought to be in place, leaving the door ajar for a move to Real.

And reports claim that Los Blancos are ready to make a fresh move next year.

De Gea himself may be open to the idea of heading back to his homeland, with his family and long-term girlfriend, Edurne Garcia, living in Madrid.