Emiliano Sala: Nantes demand $28m transfer fee from Cardiff City

Rex Christensen
February 6, 2019

A Nantes supporter stops by a poster of Argentinian player Emiliano Sala outside La Beaujoire stadium after the footballer went missing in January.

Wreckage of the aircraft which was carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been found at the bottom of the English Channel, while one body was discovered in footage obtained by an underwater camera.

Cardiff are reported to be committed to honouring the deal but not until they have been provided with sufficient documentation.

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.

The body was seen in the Piper Malibu N264DB on Monday, two weeks after the plane vanished near Guernsey.

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In response the Ligue 1 side sent a legal letter to Cardiff City on Tuesday requesting the money owed to be paid within 10 days.

It is understood that the agreement between the clubs was to process the payments in instalments over three years.

Sky Sports News understands the club feels it necessary for the salvage operation in the Channel to be concluded and for both the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the police to conclude their investigations before any payments are made.

French club Bourdeaux will receive around 50 per cent of the fee as Sala played for the club between 2012-15 before joining Nantes.

"Strong tidal conditions mean we can only use the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for limited periods each day and this will mean that progress is slow".

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