Last night, one of the biggest stories of the transfer window came to a head. Touted since the final weeks of last season, David de Gea’s move from Man Utd to Real Madrid fell through because two of the sport’s giants couldn’t get the paperwork over the line on time. The missed transfer is yet another perfect example of how football clubs are falling behind the times when it comes to the technology they are implementing off the pitch.

The transfer window’s biggest, most drawn-out deal has fallen through at the last minute and it’s all down to outdated technology.

All parties agreed to the sale of David de Gea but completing the paperwork was an insurmountable hurdle. What’s the easy answer? Eradicate the paperwork.

If two of the world’s biggest clubs can’t get a deal over the line, it is a clear sign that the football industry needs to look again at the way it processes transfers.

With so much spent on using technology to analyse player performance and see them through rigorous medicals, it is incredible that the final phase of a transfer has not been taken digital. Instead clubs still rely on outdated technology like the fax machine, wasting time and risking their season’s fortunes. It is time for this issue to be addressed if we want to ensure that fans and clubs aren’t robbed of the talent that could make or break their year.