Nantes demand Cardiff make full £15m Emiliano Sala payment

Arnold Nichols
February 7, 2019

French club Nantes have reportedly demanded the transfer payment from Cardiff City for Emiliano Sala who is missing, assumed dead, after a plane he was in went missing over the English Channel.

Nantes demand that the first instalment be paid within 10 days under the threat of legal action.

This comes just days after wreckage from the plane carrying Cardiff City footballer was discovered in the English Channel with a body which is yet recovered.

Nantes, who play in France's top division, sold Sala to Premier League strugglers Cardiff in January for a fee reported to be £15million - although the fee is reported to be spread out over three years.

Authorities haven't said if the body located by an underwater camera was Sala or pilot David Ibbotson, the only people on board.

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.

Cardiff will honour the deal but not until they have clarified "all the facts".

Cardiff have yet to make a payment and Nantes put extra pressure on the Premier League side by asking for the first payment last Thursday.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) are now trying to recover a body from the wreckage, although there is no confirmation whether the body identified is Sala's.

The situation is further complicated as French club Bordeaux are also due 50 per cent of the reported £15m transfer due to a clause inserted when Sala joined Nantes in 2015.

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