However, the reason why the switch didn’t happen was because a fax machine didn’t process the paperwork before the transfer deadline.
Madrid failed to finalise the deal and both goalkeepers remained at their respective clubs, and they went on to have rather successful seasons.
Navas doesn’t bear any grudges
De Gea signed a new four-year deal to stay at Old Trafford, and the Costa Rica international went on to add Champions League success to a successful time at the Bernabeu.
According to Navas, god had given him the chance to fulfil his dream, to play another season with Real and “win titles”.
“It’s not good when something like that happens, but I’m not someone who is always looking back and I don’t bear grudges,” he told Spanish newspaper Marca.
Navas said the night of August 31 was a “bitter pill” to swallow, but the failed transfer to United is behind him now and “everything is lovely”.
Madrid don’t intent to sign De Gea
Recent reports state that Madrid have gave up any hope of signing De Gea, with club president Florentino Perez telling United that they don’t intend to sign the keeper now.
Zinedine Zidane took over as manager following Rafa Benitez’s sacking, and he is confident with Navas in goal, especially after his heroics in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid.
He said: "I was enjoying it all La Liga games, Champions League. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who has helped me here.”
United keeper De Gea is currently in France playing at Euro 2016 with his country, and has played the opening three games of the tournament.