Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala was on board a plane that went missing over the English Channel on Monday night, French media have reported.
The Nantes striker was announced as a new signing for Premier League club Cardiff City on Saturday.
French media, quoting police sources, said the 28-year-old striker was on the light aircraft that disappeared from radar on Monday night while apparently flying from Nantes to Cardiff.
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French media have reported that Sala was driven to the airport by Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois.
Premier League strugglers Cardiff paid a club record fee in the region of £15 million for the footballer, one of the leading scorers in the French Ligue 1.
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Sala posted a photo to his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Monday afternoon posing with the rest of the Nantes squad.
He captioned the photo: "The final [heart emoji] goodbye @FCNantes."
Story by Press Association