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

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

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

Nantes have demanded payment from Cardiff for the £15 million (Dh71.2m) transfer of Emiliano Sala according to media reports in England and France.

Cardiff have reportedly withheld payment until they are satisfied with the terms of the payment.

The move was seen as poorly timed given the effort to recover the 28-year-old footballer's body from the wreckage of the Piper Malibu plane which crashed into the English Channel is still ongoing.

The Argentine striker had completed a transfer from the French club to Neil Warnock's side before a plane he was travelling on went missing on January 21.

After a series of phone calls from the French club, Cardiff received the first letter from Nantes' lawyers more than a week ago.

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They are also keen to discover why, if as has been suggested, Sala's plane tried to take off on three separate occasions before beginning its final journey towards Cardiff.

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. The club have yet to pay anything to FC Nantes.

The families of Sala, Cardiff City's record signing at £15 million, and Ibbotson have been informed of the discovery.

Authorities searching for Sala found a body in the wreckage of the plane, air accident investigators confirmed on Monday.

It is also reported that Bordeaux are entitled to a cut of the fee for Argentinian striker Sala, who was on their books from 2012 to 2015 before joining Nantes.

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