By Jonathan Davies, editor, Fresh Business Thinking

The biggest story on transfer deadline day was the lack of transfer for Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea. But international contractor management specialist CXC Global is warning that you could end up just like De Gea, if you're not careful.

The Manchester United man had been touted by Spanish giants Real Madrid for the duration of the transfer window, according to the newspaper gossip. But when the last minute transfer fell through, Madrid blamed United and United blamed Madrid.

Through all the blaming, it seems like outdated technology and administrative oversight may have been to blame for the failed transfer.

CXC is now warning businesses that if an administrative slip up can halt a multi-million pound football transfer, it can easily prevent contractors from working overseas.

Michelle Reilly, managing director of CXC Global, said: “The De Gea transfer saga simply highlights the importance of getting your administrative affairs in order. If both clubs — and De Gea - had done so it’s highly likely that he would be a Real Madrid player now. Contractors should take note, managing the process of registering to work in a foreign country and ensuring you’re compliant with often complex domestic legislation can be a challenging process. And if an administrative oversight can prevent a major transfer from taking place, it will also be able to prevent you from working overseas.

“We’d urge contractors to take their projects seriously and ensure they’re fully compliant with the legislation of the country they’re operating in well in advance of their start date. After all, there’s nothing worse than preparing to travel to the other side of the world only to find out that the contract has been cancelled for a trivial administrative error. Utilise firms that specialise in this area, including us, and you won’t end up in the same mess that De Gea has found himself in.”