Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nantes launch legal action against Cardiff City for Emiliano Sala transfer fee

Nantes launch legal action against Cardiff City for Emiliano Sala transfer fee

Nantes have begun legal action against Cardiff City, demanding the first payments for the purchase of Emiliano Sala, understood to be in excess of £5m, is transferred immediately, Sky Sports News understands.

According to a report by BBC Wales, Nantes have demanded receipt of the first instalment of the fee and have threatened legal action if it is not received in 10 days' time.

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

Sala was on board the Piper Malibu that tragically crashed into the English Channel after the striker joined the English Premier League team in a $19 million (£15million) deal.

The wreckage was discovered on Sunday.

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

A source at Cardiff told the BBC they want "all the facts" clarified before they honour the payment and that the club are "surprised" the demand has been made before Sala's body has been recovered.

Bordeaux will also receive a percentage of the fee, thought to be 50 per cent, because Sala played for them from 2012-2015 before signing for Nantes.

After a prolonged search, wreckage from Sala's plane was spotted last weekend and the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) have undertaken an investigation into the cause of the crash, as well as examining the logistics involved in raising the aircraft from its position 67m beneath the surface.

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