Emiliano Sala: Nantes demand £5million payment from Cardiff City

Emiliano Sala: Nantes demand £5million payment from Cardiff City

Emiliano Sala: Nantes demand £5million payment from Cardiff City

According to the source, the first instalment of the 17-million-euro ($19.3 million) deal for the Argentine striker has yet to be paid, despite the transfer being finalised before the accident.

Cardiff are said to be "surprised" Nantes have made the demand while attempts are being made to recover a body from the plane wreck that was carrying Sala and pilot Ibbotson.

Since the incident occurred, Cardiff withheld the first scheduled payment until all of the facts were clarified.

Nantes are threatening to take legal action against Cardiff City if the Premier League side refuses to stump up the Emiliano Sala club-record transfer fee. BBC have attempted to speak to Nantes for a comment.

The striker and pilot were on board the Piper Malibu N264DB aircraft which went missing more than two weeks ago between Nantes and Cardiff.

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

Cardiff is looking into details about who owned the plane and who insured it as investigators work through weather difficulties to recover the body that's been seen inside the wreckage, and they intend to meet their transfer obligations to Nantes, according to the Mirror report.

A body was spotted in underwater images of the wreckage and Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has launched an operation to try and recover it.

The 28-year-old was on his way back to Cardiff from Nantes after saying his goodbyes to his old team-mates in France.

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