Cardiff City’s record £15 million signing Emiliano Sala was on board the aircraft that has disappeared on route from Nantes to Cardiff, French police have confirmed.
A single-engine plane Piper Malibu, which can carry five passengers, bound for Cardiff went missing since 8.30 pm on Monday night while flying over the English Channel. The aircraft lost contact near the Casquets lighthouse off the coast of Alderney.
Bluebirds announced the signing of the 28-year old Argentinian striker was on board from Nantes in a club record fee of £15 million on Saturday. The Premier League club is said to be 'genuinely concerned' about the welfare of the player and seeking clarification as to what happened.
French Police and the Ligue 1 side claimed that Sala was one of two people on board the missing plane, returning to the Welsh capital.
Crews from Alderney and Guernsey RNLI have joined the search and rescue operation that has been launched in the Channel Islands.
After signing for Cardiff, Sala said, “I’m very happy to be here. It gives me great pleasure and I can’t wait to start training, meet my new teammates and get down to work.”
Sala was the third highest scorer in Ligue 1 this season with 12 goals, behind only Kylian Mbappe and Nicolas Pepe with 14 and 13 respectively. In October 2018, he became the first player to score a Ligue 1 hat-trick for Nantes since Mamadou Diallo’s against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard in 2006.