Nantes demand Emiliano Sala payment from Cardiff City


BBC's report adds that Nantes are threatening legal action if they do not receive a payment from Cardiff within 10 days.

Sala was signed by Cardiff City for a club-record fee on January 19, but according to the BBC, the Premier League club have withheld the first scheduled payment until they are "satisfied with the documentation".

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were on board the Piper Malibu aircraft that went missing over the English Channel on January 21, carrying the player from Nantes to Cardiff ahead of his planned first training session with the team.

According to Sky Sports News, Cardiff have not yet paid any of the £15m fee agreed for the Argentine striker.

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Reports of Nantes' demands come amid the discovery of a body aboard the wreckage of the plane.

Sala was on board the plane with pilot Dave Ibbotson.

A private search funded by Sala's family discovered the Piper PA-46 Malibu plane carrying him from Nantes to Cardiff within hours of starting the operation on Sunday.

A source at Cardiff told British media that the Welsh club will honour the contract but only once they have clarified "all the facts".

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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.

Emiliano Sala's former club Nantes were over joyous when they scored in the ninth minute against Toulouse in another emotional tribute to the player.

Air accident investigators have confirmed that an attempt to recover the body found in the wreckage has begun.

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