Emiliano Sala plane crash – LIVE UPDATES: Cardiff’s new £15million striker feared dead after his plane goes missing over English Channel

Cardiff City’s new £15million striker Emiliano Sala is feared to have been on board an aircraft which has gone missing over the English Channel.

French police and Nantes Football Club confirmed Sala was on the Piper Malibu plane, with a search operation still ongoing.

Sportsmail brings you all the latest updates, with news as we get it…

Cardiff had been keeping close tabs on Sala throughout the current campaign and this season’s record of 12 goals in 19 Ligue 1 games made the Bluebirds spend big money on the Argentine.

In November, Sala was outscoring Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in the goal charts but still remained uncapped by Argentina. qilinpoker

With 10 goals for the season – Sala was his country’s most prolific striker ahead of fellow countrymen Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Mauro Icardi.

Manager Neil Warnock personally went to watch Sala in action on December 5 and saw the Premier League new boy score in the 30th minute.

Warnock was clearly impressed by the striker’s attributes as he convinced his board to sanction a club record move when the January transfer window opened.

Sala’s first interview
Just three days ago, when his £15million move was announced, Sala spoke to Cardiff’s media team about his arrival from Nantes.

He appeared delighted to be heading to Wales, and said: ‘I can’t wait to start training, meet my new team-mates and get down to work.’

The full interview can be seen below.

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