Cardiff City are considering a legal action for negligence after the plane carrying their record signing Emiliano Sala disappeared over the English channel on Monday night.
The club had paid Nantes a record £15 million for the Argentine striker when the plane disappeared off radar near Alderney in the Channel Islands. An intensive air and sea rescue effort has so far failed to find any sign of the plane, or Sala and the pilot.
Now Cardiff, according to The Daily Telegraph, are considering their legal position, with the club having paid out not for his transfer fee, but also facing a potential liability of £30 million in terms of his contracted wages over the three years of the deal that Sala signed before the tragic accident. With only half of the bill covered by their current insurance policies, the Welsh club face a hefty bill for a player who never had the chance to pull on a Cardiff shirt in anger.
Cardiff, who had nothing to do with Sala’s travel arrangements, want answers why he was allowed to fly in a plane piloted by a part-time pilot, and in a model of aircraft known for its reliability issues.
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