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5 things Real Madrid should do to sign David de Gea 

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David de Gea

The proposed transfer of David de Gea from Manchester United to Real Madrid has been filling newspaper columns for around three years now. He came close to completing the move in 2015 and a rekindling of the deal has been mooted in every transfer window since.

While recent reports suggest De Gea is happy in Manchester and that Real Madrid are likely to turn their attention to young Athletic Club goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, perhaps there is still a chance that Madrid might take one last stab at signing the Spanish international.

If they were to do so, they’d have to pull out all the stops. Here are 5 things Real Madrid should do to sign David de Gea.


#5 Sort Out That Fax Machine

De Gea would already be plying his trade at the Bernabeu had it not been for a faulty fax machine.

The outline of a move from United to Madrid was agreed on transfer deadline day in 2015. After a day of frenzied negotiations for a deal that would have seen Keylor Navas move the other way, United submitted all the necessary documentation to FIFA. But Madrid missed the deadline by a couple of minutes, apparently due to the aforementioned fax machine giving up on them.

As anyone who has ever worked in an office environment can attest, fax machines are temperamental devices. You always leave a little extra time because they inevitably fail to send things through the first time around or find some way of chewing up the pages.

So if Madrid do somehow manage to again get themselves into a position whereby a deal has been agreed, it would be advisable to give themselves a good 20 minutes to get the fax sent. Or, you know, just attach a PDF like everyone else in the modern world.

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