Cardiff To Ask Palace & West Ham For Help Over Sala Transfer Saga

1 Posted by - February 18, 2019 - News

Cardiff City are set to speak to both Crystal Palace and West Ham to ascertain whether or not there was genuine interest from either club in signing Emiliano Sala prior to the Bluebirds agreeing a fee for him with French side Nantes.

As many people already know, the Argentine striker tragically lost his life in a plane accident a few weeks ago whilst on his way from France to Wales and now, the side battling against the drop are questioning whether or not agent Willie McKay planted the stories alleging interest from Palace and West Ham to inflate the price of Sala prior to Cardiff’s capture of him in January. 

Rightly or wrongly, Sala’s former employers are asking Cardiff for the payment of his agreed transfer fee, a sum Cardiff are reluctant to part with given the awful circumstances surrounding Emiliano’s passing. It seems their belief is that, should they receive backing from Palace and West Ham in saying that their interest in Sala wasn’t concrete, an argument could be made over the artificial inflation of the price on McKay’s part. 

Whilst Willie may well have planted the stories to bump up the fee Cardiff paid for Sala, I struggle to see how their argument will hold much weight, given the fact that they willingly agreed the fee prior to the tragic events of the plane crash which led to the frontman’s passing. Yes, in an ideal world Cardiff could well have agreed a lower fee for Sala but no one was holding them over a barrel and forcing the Bluebirds to say yes to the fee being asked for by Nantes at the time. 

With both the striker and pilot David Ibbotson having lost their lives, it seems rather harsh to be discussing the financial side of things but life, no matter how sad it may seem, rattles on regardless of the devastating events that take place from day to day. Having admitted to arranging the flight itself albeit not the pilot, McKay appears to be a key player in this story from Cardiff City’s perspective. 

Any further updates will be published as and when they become public knowledge. 

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5 Comments

  • Phil H February 18, 2019 - 8:24 am Reply

    Was a contract signed?

  • Ben February 18, 2019 - 9:04 am Reply

    $15 million for a premiership striker seems quite cheap to me so can’t see how the price would drop.

  • Sharpy February 18, 2019 - 9:05 am Reply

    Contracts were signed medical completed paperwork submitted. The player was insured according to reports, so pay up !

    • Gordon February 18, 2019 - 10:13 am Reply

      My only question was gong to be about insurance, Sharpy. If the club was insured, there shouldn’t be a financial issue, so – as you say – pay up! If the club wasn’t insured, that was a risk they chose to take. Still no reason to quibble about the price though.

  • ee signing February 18, 2019 - 2:55 pm Reply

    I dont think anyone othther than this Thau owner would come up with this Thai could come up with this idea.

    1 all transder fees get inflated to an extent. It how an agent for the selling clup works for his client and also puts more mney in thpockets of the player.

    2 it sets a nasty precedent, What say a player is bought who gets badly inhjured his first week in trainuing and has to retire, What if he just wasnt plain good enough. Like that never happens!

    3 how do you quantify how much the fee was bumped by interest from elswhere, Did we scout Sala put out feelers, get as far as an offer even. Did we put this out in the press ourselves. I doubt it

    4 It is genuinely unfortunate but Cardiff decided they could afford the transfer fee. They will also of course be saving on the poor guys wages

    I dont see where we come into it and as there is. of course, insurance as others have nentioned. May be Cardiff can sue McKay but he will say he was just doing his job

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