Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Nantes have demanded payment from Cardiff City over £15m Emiliano Sala transfer

Nantes have demanded payment from Cardiff City over £15m Emiliano Sala transfer

Cardiff insist they will withhold the first payment until they are "satisfied with the documentation".

Before the accident, the Argentine striker had already signed a contract with Cardiff to become the most expensive player in the club's history.

It emerged on Wednesday that Nantes are threatening legal action against Cardiff after the Welsh side failed to pay the first installment of the transfer fee.

Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson have been missing since shortly after their plane took off from France on January 21.

Wreckage from the Piper Malibu was discovered in the English Channel this week after a privately-funded search began.

Cardiff City have been left stunned after Nantes demanded payment for the £15million transfer of Emiliano Sala, who is missing and feared dead, after his flight went off-radar on a journey from France to Cardiff.

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Cardiff will honor the deal but have been reluctant to make a payment until they know "all the facts".

The plane carrying Sala, 28, and Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, disappeared on route to Cardiff on 21 January after the footballer returned to Nantes to say goodbye to his former teammates.

BBC Wales has learned the transfer fee is due to be paid in instalments over three years.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said in a statement: "Following extensive visual examination of the accident using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was made a decision to attempt recovery operations".

A recovery crew eventually found the aircraft in the ocean, with a body said to be visible in the wreckage.

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