Keylor Navas never actually boarded the plane ผลบอลสด
to England and never really wanted to either but he could see it there waiting for him and, knowing he had little choice, he’d come to accept the idea of flying north. Deadline day had begun like any other but in the afternoon the phone started ringing and by his own admission it ended up being one of the worst days of his life. He was on a treatment table at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground, visible from Barajas airport with its leaning floodlights, when he signed the papers that said he was joining Manchester United. There was no time for anything else: things were moving fast. Just not, in the end, fast enough.
Late on 31 August he got another call, the last in a long day. “So, can I go now?” Navas asked. Yes, came the reply, and so he switched off the phone and headed home. He later related the experience of what should have been his last day at the Santiago Bernabéu to Cadena Cope radio. He told them that it was then, when he finally got back, that he cried. Due to join up with Costa Rica he pulled out as he needed time to get his head round all this. A lot had happened after all. Just as importantly,ผลบอลสด
after all that, a lot had not. David de Gea had not signed for Madrid and Keylor Navas had not signed for United. And all because of that fax machine.
It’s not really a fax machine, although “fax machine” has become a symbol of the transfer market: a useful visual shorthand for all the bureaucracy and a useful excuse too, an image of clubs and leagues literally waiting for the paperwork to come through, line by line, cogs whirring and bells pinging. What’s actually used is the international Transfer Matching System, FIFA’s automated online mechanism. Having agreed a deal the clubs log in, enter the details and, if they match, the transfer is confirmed. The process normally takes seven or eight minutes and once that’s done, registration with the league, which also imposes a deadline, can be formalised.ผลบอลสด