In the end, David de Gea stayed at Manchester United, but it would have been best for the Premier League club had he not.
The Spain international goalkeeper would have joined Spanish giants Real Madrid on transfer deadline day had there not been a delay with the paperwork, as reported by Sky Sports.
While many United fans would be happy that one of the best goalkeepers on the planet remains part of the squad for this season, in the long term it would have been better for the club had he been sold.
Navas is a very good goalkeeper and would have been a good addition to manager Louis van Gaal’s squad.
Moreover, United would have got £29m for a player who is out of contract at the end of the season.
While some would argue that De Gea is worth more than £33m, the fact that he is in the final year of his contract means that United would have made a profit even if they had sold him at £29m.
Had the transfer been done in the early weeks of the window, then United would have had more time to prepare a move for Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Madrid should also share the blame in the De Gea transfer saga for waiting until deadline day to make a bid which satisfied United.
De Gea staying at United is certainly going to enhance the team’s chances of a top-four finish in the Premier League table and will add impetus to their title challenge.
However, the downside is that United are set to lose a world-class player for free at the end of the season and will have to pay loads of money to sign a suitable replacement.