‘Genuine Concern’ for Cardiff Striker Emiliano Sala as Aircraft Goes Missing Over English Channel

?A light aircraft carrying new Cardiff City signing Emiliano Sala has disappeared over the English Channel. 

The plane, which was taking the 28-year-old striker to Cardiff from Nantes, lost contact with air traffic control at around 8pm on Monday, failing to arrive in South Wales shortly before 9pm as scheduled, with the French Civil Aviation Authority confirming that the Argentine was on board the missing aircraft. 

A Guernsey police statement on Tuesday morning read: “A search and rescue operation is currently underway off the north of Alderney after a light aircraft disappeared from radar several hours ago. Two helicopters alongside the Guernsey and Alderney lifeboats are searching for it.”

Speaking to Argentine TV station C5N (via ?Marca), Sala’s father said: “I was working, I can not believe it, I’m desperate. I hope good news comes in. I do not know what could have happened, my family did not know anything, I told them.”

Meanwhile, the ?BBC report that there is ‘genuine concern’ for the striker from Cardiff City, who are still seeking clarification of the situation. 

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman said: “We are very concerned by the latest news that a light aircraft lost contact over the Channel last night. We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala.”


Mesut Ozil: 5 Clubs the Out of Favour Arsenal Star Could Join During the January Transfer Window

After Mesut Ozil signed his bumper three-and-a-half year contract extension, worth £350k-a-week, in February last year, it seemed that rumours surrounding the German’s future could finally be put to bed.

That hasn’t been the case, however, with new boss Unai Emery repeatedly leaving the Arsenal top-earner out of the starting XI.

Having been frozen out of the Gunners’ team, due to a combination of injuries and ‘tactical reasons’, Arsenal could look to cash in on the ex-Germany international and remove his astronomical pay packet from their wage bill.

With that in mind, here are some possible destinations for Arsenal’s number ten this January transfer window.

5. Manchester United

Arsenal v Manchester United - Premier League

While transfers between top clubs in England is rare, Arsenal and Manchester United have history, the most recent of which involving the swap between Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

With the likes of Juan Mata not getting any younger, Mesut Ozil could fit the role of number ten at Old Trafford. However, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having taken temporary charge, splashing the cash to acquire Ozil’s services may not be their top priority at present.

Furthermore, the slow, lethargic football played under Mourinho desperately cried out for pace and intensity, something Ozil’s explicitly lacks. 

4. Real Madrid

Mesut Ozil

Ozil announced himself on the world stage thanks to his performances for Germany at the 2010 World Cup, resulting in Real Madrid signing the player from Werder Bremen that year.

He spent three assist-filled seasons at the Bernabau, before moving to Arsenal for £42.5m in 2013. During his time at Madrid, he stated that he would like to “end” his career at Real Madrid, a wish that could be granted as Real’s spending power knows no ends.

A return to Madrid could prove a great move for all parties involved, with many Real fans believing Ozil left too early, while the 30-year-old need not worry about acclimatising to a new club – should he go back for a second spell.

3. Inter

Mesut Ozil

Italian giants Inter have been linked with Ozil in the past, and were one of a number of clubs that expressed an interest in the German prior to him signing his extension at Arsenal.

The Mirror reports that Emery has gone as far as to offer Ozil to I Nerazzurri, as he desperately looks to free up some funds for him to sign players this window, as opposed to the loans he stated are his only option in January.

As someone who accused his own national side of racism, before retiring from the German national team, Ozil might not be too enthused by Inter’s recent stadium ban for such abhorrent behaviour. However, he could certainly make an impression at the San Siro if he were to join the Italian giants. 

2. Fenerbahce


Of Turkish-origin, Ozil has previously stated he is in fact a Fenerbahce fan, and has been quoted as saying he would one day like to play in the Super Lig.

While his wage demands and the transfer fee required would likely be out of Fenerbahce’s reach, it would grant the player a move he’s wanted, as well as an escape from the Emirates stands, where he’s spent most of the season.

1. Juventus

Aaron Ramsey,Mesut Ozil

With teammate Aaron Ramsey all but certain to make the move to Turin in the summer, the same report from The Mirror claims that Emery has told the Juventus hierarchy that Ozil is up for grabs too.

Due to their similar traits and position on the pitch, Ozil and Ramsey often find themselves featuring for Arsenal at different times. However, with Juventus so dominant in Serie A, they are free to play more creative players at any given time, thus allowing for the two players to possibly thrive together. 

That said, there are plenty of other world class talents in that squad Ozil would need to overthrow first.


Transfer Rumours: Rudy to Manchester City, Godin to Inter, Silva to Bordeaux & More

With around a week and a half left of the January transfer window, it’s fair to say that panic may be starting to creep in for the sides that haven’t completed their intended business yet.

In the rumour mill today, Manchester City and Tottenham are both looking to bolster their midfield options with acquisitions from the Bundesliga, whilst Inter are convinced that they can pull off a deal for one of the world’s best defenders. 

Here’s five transfer stories you may have missed.

1. Manchester City Planning Surprise Loan Move for Schalke Midifelder Sebastian Rudy

Sebastian Rudy

The one obvious weakness in the current Manchester City squad is the lack of dependable cover for Fernandinho, and Pep Guardiola is said to be searching for a short-term solution to that problem.

According to the Sun, City are interested in securing a six-month loan deal for Schalke midfielder Sebastian Rudy.

Guardiola is familiar with the German international after his time managing in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, and the player himself could be open to a loan deal – as long as a fee is involved.

2. Tottenham in Talks to Sign Jonas Hofmann

Jonas Hofmann

Following the recent sale of Mousa Dembele to Guangzhou R&F F.C., Tottenham are eyeing up Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Jonas Hofmann as a potential replacement for the Belgian.

Gladbach have made it clear that they want to keep hold of Hofmann and the club’s sporting director previously announced that he would like to extend the 26-year-old’s contract, but Bild  are reporting that Tottenham have offered up to four times his current salary.

The report also suggests that negotiations have already begun between Tottenham and Hofmann.

3. Giuseppe Marotta Claims Diego Godin Wants to Join Inter

Diego Godin

Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has been tentatively linked with a move to Inter over the past few days and the Nerazzurri’s sporting director Giuseppe Marotta was in no mood to deny the rumours.

Speaking before Inter’s goalless draw against Sassuolo on Saturday, he told DAZN, as per Calciomercato: “Godin? I have to underline how Inter has a very strong appeal.

“Many players are looking for us and many agents knock at our door, which flatters us, because we represent a point of reference for many important players. We evaluate profiles of champions that we must not let go and Godin is one of them”

4. Adrien Silva Waiting for Claude Puel to Sanction Loan to Bordeaux

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leicester City - Carabao Cup Third Round

It’s no secret that Adrien Silva has fallen out of favour at Leicester, but he could get the opportunity to revive his career with a loan move to Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux this January.

According to L’Equipe, Leicester and Bordeaux have been in talks over the past week and, after Silva has agreed personal terms, it’s now up to under-fire manager Claude Puel to give the move the green light.

Leicester’s head of recruitment Eduardo Macia could also be joining Silva at Bordeaux after continuously being linked with the director of football position at the French club.

5. Watford in the Running for South Korea defender Kim Min-Jae

Kim Min-jae

According to the Daily Mail, Watford have joined the race for 22-year-old centre back Kim Min-Jae, a South Korean international who is affectionately nicknamed ‘monster’.

The Hornets could face some stiff competition from Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan, but they are hoping that the lure of the Premier League will be enough to persuade him to move over to England.

Kim is currently on international duty at the Asian Cup, where he scored during South Korea’s 2-0 win over China in their final group match.


Luciano Spalletti Concedes His Side Did Not Show Their Quality After Inter’s 0-0 Draw With Sassuolo

?Luciano Spalletti admitted that his side did not make their superior quality count after Inter were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Sassuolo in Serie A on Saturday.

The Nerazzurri endured a sluggish outing as goalkeeper Samir Handanovic was the star of the show for the home side at the San Siro, producing crucial wins to deny Kevin Prince Boateng and Jeremie Boga to save his side from a potential upset.

Spalletti conceded that his side did not impose themselves enough on the stalemate, as the ?Inter boss told DAZN after the game, via ?Football-Italia: “It was a complicated match because Sassuolo played very well.

“At times we managed to win back the ball early, but we kept giving it away again too quickly.

“We simply didn’t show the difference in quality between the two teams.”

Inter’s star-studded frontline appeared to be off the boil at the San Siro, with Argentine superstar ?Mauro Icardi and World Cup star ?Ivan Perisic failing to have their usual attacking influence for the Nerazzurri.

“We were below par this evening in the individual performances,” Spalletti added. “Mauro didn’t find much space because Sassuolo defended well, but he also didn’t move very much to create the space, because we did create a few chances.

“He was unlucky on a couple of occasions, slipping at the crucial moment.”

The match was played behind closed doors at the San Siro following the recent occurrence of racist chanting at the ground, though the club invited 11,000 children from local schools to attend the game.

“You could hear these children shouting, the sound of kids enjoying any situation that was happening,” Spalletti said of the unique atmosphere. “They weren’t all Inter supporters, there were kids who like other teams too, but they were all enjoying the occasion.”

Milan Skriniar

Inter will look to get back to winning ways when they travel to face Torino away in another testing Serie A clash next Sunday. Spalletti’s side sit third in the table, 13 points adrift of leaders ?Juventus, who have a game in hand.


Inter 0-0 Sassuolo: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Blunt Nerazzurri Held at San Siro

?Inter missed the chance to move within two points of second placed Napoli on Saturday after a goalless draw with Sassuolo at San Siro.

The visitors had an early chance when Manuel Locatelli burst through only to shoot wide before Kevin-Prince Boateng tested Samir Handanovic with a curler.

Inter came close when Matteo Politano’s flick was touched wide by Andrea Consigli, while Mauro Icardi fluffed his lines when presented with a free header from Danilo D’Ambrosio’s cross.


Check out our roundup of the game below.


Key Talking Point

While the Nerazzurri have undoubtedly made big strides in recent years, they still seem to lack the killer touch in some games, which is incredibly odd considering they have one of the best strikers in the world in Mauro Icardi.

However, the Argentina international was disappointingly subdued throughout the affair, while Politano, Joao Mario and ?Ivan Perisic all struggled to influence the game.

Inter look good for a third place finish in Serie A at the moment, but until they start winning these kind of games they won’t be able to amount to anything more than that.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Handanovic (8); D’Ambrosio (7), De Vrij (6), Skriniar (7), Asamoah (7); Vecino (6), Brozovic (7); Politano (6), Mario (6), Perisic (6); Icardi (5)

Substitutes: Nainggolan (5), Martinez (5).

STAR MAN – Had it not been for Samir Handanovic, Inter may have lost on Saturday night. The 34-year-old made five saves in total, including an important block from Boateng.

Samir Handanovic

Inter are usually solid at the back, due to the quality of their centre back pairing, but Sassuolo still created chances and could have left San Siro with all three points had they taken them.

WORST PLAYER – When you’re the talisman of one of the biggest clubs in Europe, big things are expected of you. Sadly for ?Mauro Icardi, he had something of an off night.

All strikers have bad games and Icardi will most likely bag four goals in his next game, but the former Sampdoria man managed just one shot all night as his side struggled in attack.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi

Looking Ahead

Inter have a tough looking trip to Torino next before a massive game at home to Lazio in the Coppa Italia.

Serie A matches against Bologna and Parma follow before the club returns to European action, taking on Rapid Wien in the Europa League.