Emiliano Sala: Nantes demand transfer fee from Cardiff City

Florence Fletcher
February 7, 2019

And BBC Wales are reporting the Ligue 1 club are demanding the payment for the 28-year-old Argentine forward after the first scheduled instalment was withheld.

Cardiff spent a club-record £15m to secure the services of the striker who has played his entire professional career in France, having been at Bordeaux before joining Nantes.

The BBC claims that Nantes have threatened the Welsh club with legal action if the payment is not made within the next 10 days.

A source at Cardiff says they will honour the contract, but not until they have clarified "all the facts".

Although Nantes were entitled to the first instalment of Sala's fee by now, Cardiff have been left surprised by the demand given the circumstances and the timing.

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A search team found wreckage of the plane on Sunday in the English Channel, but bodies have not been recovered or identified.

The plane that was carrying missing Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been found.

Cardiff had previously frozen payments while the police and air accident officials investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragedy two weeks ago.

Privately Cardiff believe there are a series of questions that still need answering, most notably about the ownership of the Piper Malibu aircraft which crashed North of Guernsey on January 21.

Cardiff were reportedly shocked by the timing of the letter from Nantes, as recovery workers are now in the process of trying to excavate the body of someone from the crash plane he was in.

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