Cardiff City’s top executives are furious about football agent Willie McKay’s admission that he deliberately inflated Emiliano Sala’s transfer price and are gathering information that could lead to them suing him or trying to avoid paying the £15 million fee.
Malaysian owner Vincent Tan has a track record for going after people he believes have wronged him in the transfer market — previously pursuing former manager Malky Mackay and three agents all the way to the High Court in a claim for £10 million damages.
McKay’s admission that he deliberately spread stories about rival clubs’ interest — revealed in an email he sent to Sala — is viewed by executives at Cardiff as possible “price manipulation”.
Cardiff last week sought written testimony from other Premier League clubs touted as possible buyers about whether they really had any interest in Sala, who died in a plane crash last month, three days after signing for the Premier League side.
At least one of those clubs say there was no interest and they had not even watched Sala play.
One source told Sportsmail: “McKay told us that another Premier League club had given him a written mandate to get the player.
“We’ve spoken to that club and there was no such mandate. We want to understand the truth about whether anyone was interested at all. Vincent Tan hates people cheating him. He doesn’t take things like that easily. He’ll stand up to people.”
McKay’s admission that he had sought to artificially inflate the price came in an email to Sala, which he released to the French newspaper L’Equipe.
He said he had told the media of rival clubs’ interest “just to stimulate interest in you (Sala).”