Report: Emiliano Sala flies to Cardiff for medical ahead of £20m move

Neil Warnock, Manager of Cardiff City looks on prior to the FA Cup Third Round match between Gillingham and Cardiff City at Priestfield Stadium on January 5, 2019 in Gillingham, United...

Premier League strugglers Cardiff City look closer than ever to signing the in-form Ligue 1 forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes.

Nantes' Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Nantes (FC) and Guingamp (EAG), on November 4, 2018, at the La...

It seems that Cardiff City’s long and frustrating pursuit of a new centre-forward is finally coming to an end.

Neil Warnock has been forced to field converted full-back Callum Paterson as the focal point for his attack in recent months and, while the hard-working Scot has performed admirably, he is hardly the man to fire the Bluebirds to safety.

 

But, according to the Sun, Cardiff fans could soon be breathing a huge sigh of relief. Because Nantes striker Emiliano Sala is understood to have flown to South Wales on Sunday to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical with the plucky Premier League outfit.

It seemed that Cardiff were going to miss out on the 28-year-old Argentine, who had his heart set on joining a more established top-flight club.

Nantes' Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Nantes (FC) and Guingamp (EAG), on November 4, 2018, at the La...

But the Sun believes that Warnock has lured Sala to Wales. The 70-year-old made a personal trip to France last week in order to hold face-to-face talks with the in-form striker.

It is understood that the former Bordeaux man will cost £20 million, making him Cardiff’s new record signing.

Sala has scored 12 goals in 16 Ligue 1 starts for Nantes this season, a tally bettered only by Kylian Mbappe and the Lille forward Nicholas Pepe.

Nantes' Argentine forward Emiliano Sala (2nd L) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the French L1 Football match between Rennes (SRFC) and Nantes (FCN) on November 11,...

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