I reckon it's their fault too. They shouldn't have allowed it to go to the wire
I think they wanted him for a low fee, maybe something as low as £10mill because he's a keeper who generally don't go for much and because he only has a year on his contract. I just have my doubts they ever really intended to pay £29mill + Navas (or was it a £29mill valuation including Navas?) for someone who'll cost nowt next year. In January they can get the pre contract sorted out to keep Perez in the good books closer to the summer. It's all about saving face and trying to boast to fans, as long as Perez is the man that gets De Gea there, I don't think he'll be massively bothered if it's now or later. If he can get away with it later I think that's the preferred option. It's not like there's lynch mobs in Madrid wanting to string him up for not getting their marquee signing this summer.