War of words over botched David de Gea transfer escalates

first_img The day after De Gea’s move to the Spanish capital was called off, United and Madrid blamed each other for the collapse. Madrid fired the first shot, issuing a statement early in the afternoon which claimed delays at United’s end had scuppered a deal worth £29million which would have also seen Keylor Navas head to Old Trafford. The war of words between Old Trafford and the Bernabeu escalated on Tuesday night as Manchester United robustly defended their conduct over David de Gea’s botched transfer and pointed the finger at Real Madrid. In their 443-word statement, Madrid claimed they had to wait until Monday – deadline day in Spain – to ”open any channel of negotiation” with United over De Gea. Madrid claim they had to wait over eight hours for United to return the player contracts, which were sent to Old Trafford at 12:39 BST after a deal had been struck, according to the Spanish club. Madrid added that United did not reach agreement with Navas over his part of the deal until seven minutes before the window shut. The result, they claim, was that United did not upload the details into FIFA’s Transfer Matching System (TMS) until 11pm exactly. That meant Madrid could not complete their part of the process and that is why the deal collapsed, according to the Spanish club. United, however, insist the botched transfer was all Madrid’s fault. In their statement, United angrily rejected the idea that they left it until the last minute to decide to sell De Gea. United also claim Madrid made several errors in the last couple of hours of the window. They claim they sent the transfer documents for both players to Madrid at 8:42pm and received them back at 10:32pm, without De Gea’s ”signatory page”. United also claim Madrid made ”major changes” to the documentation 20 minutes before the deadline, which ”immediately put the deals at risk”, according to the 20-time English champions. United insist they had still not received the requisite documentation for Navas’ transfer at this point either. Finally, United claim they uploaded the relevant documents at 10:58pm, two minutes before the deadline. The United statement added: ”It is our understanding that the deals couldn’t happen because: Real Madrid didn’t upload David’s documents onto TMS (or) the Spanish league in time.” Senior sources at Old Trafford think Madrid president Florentino Perez may have had second thoughts about the deal after the club’s fans expressed their dismay at the news that Navas was being used as part of the deal to lure De Gea to the Bernabeu. In a poll of over 55,000 Real Madrid fans on the Spanish newspaper website Marca, nearly 89 per cent said they did not agree with the idea of swapping De Gea for Navas, who starred in the club’s 5-0 over Real Betis on Saturday. There is a feeling at United that the poll may have persuaded Perez to drag his heels over the transfer and stick with Navas instead. United have played hardball with Madrid all summer. They rejected two offers for De Gea before accepting a third on Monday afternoon. They initially wanted either Sergio Ramos or a fee of £32.6million in return for the goalkeeper. Senior figures at Old Trafford insist they have no regrets about that stance even though they will now almost certainly lose their star goalkeeper on a free next summer. Until then, De Gea will remain a United player. It is hard to see Madrid coming back for the Spaniard in January, particularly when they can sign the player for nothing six months later. United are awash with cash and do not mind taking a financial hit on a player who they think would have been worth well over £70million if he were tied down to a long-term deal. De Gea is currently training with the Spanish national side ahead of their internationals against Slovakia and Macedonia. Next week he will return to Manchester and sources at the club insist the Spaniard’s relationship with manager Louis van Gaal or the board is not beyond repair. The club have noted that De Gea has acted like a professional throughout this saga. He has turned up to matches and watched from the stands in his club suit, and has entered the dressing room for post-match team talks. Van Gaal must be satisfied that De Gea is able to focus properly for him to return to the starting XI, however. United’s next match takes place a week on Saturday at home to Liverpool. Press Associationlast_img read more

Corruption Overwhelming Legislature

first_imgOpposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has branded the 53rd National Legislature as a group of individuals “overwhelmed by rampant corruption.”The party through its national chairman, George Solo, indicated that attempts by the Legislature to increase the fees for legislative contestants in the upcoming election represented a “high degree of corruption that should be resisted by all well-meaning Liberians.”The Legislature recently opened discussions on the fees for both categories of the Legislature and is close to passing said law that requires politicians interested in contesting the senatorial election to pay US$7,500 in order to be registered on the ballot.In a Daily Observer interview over the weekend, Mr. Solo frowned on the manner in which lawmakers agreed to increase the fees under the new election laws, adding; “The Legislature is intoxicated from all the corruption they are involved with in this country.”According to the CDC Chairman, “The party is saddened by the action of the Legislature to increase fees for senatorial candidates from US$700 in 2005 to US$7,500 in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election of 2014,” The CDC Chairman added.He noted, “If their argument is about adding value to the Legislature then their judgment is poor and misled.”“If they say the focus of value is finance, then it tells you the thoughts of the people making the laws for us. I think the focus of value should be fairness, equality, hope and possibility; as these are all of the things that inspire patriotism,” chairman Solo said.“If we say the best land should be given to the one with the most money,” Solo continued; “Then the best land should not be occupied by someone that has lots of resources but with limited interest in the people that are affected by that land.Acquisition is selfish, and we must do something to stop it so those that have stolen public resources can’t use it against the masses. Now they are telling us if you put the value of money on something then it raises national value? If that’s the case, then we should put a price on respect, accountability and honesty. If we can do that, I would be more than comfortable with that concept.”He maintained that the Legislature clearly showed their level of insincerity on Capitol Hill and that it is affecting the Liberian people.CDC considered the new law a “clever attempt to exclude qualified personalities with little income from participating in a process that stands to change the destiny of the people.”Meanwhile, CDC has declined to comment on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s grandnephew’s presentation at the National Oil and Gas Roundtable discussion in Monrovia.The first family is receiving mixed reactions from the public for inviting 17-year-old Estrada Bernard, III, to make a presentation at an oil and gas meeting a few weeks ago.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more