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.