Body recovered from plane carrying Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson

07 February, 2019, 02:28 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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The search for Emiliano Sala is ongoing, but Nantes have demanded that Cardiff City still pay the 15 million pounds for the Argentine's transfer.

The situation is further complicated as French club Bordeaux are also due 50 per cent of the reported £15m transfer due to a clause inserted when Sala joined Nantes in 2015.

Cardiff's first payment would ordinarily be due within seven days of the player signing, but the club do not intend to make any payments until the conclusion of official investigations into the causes of his disappearance.

The Mirror reports that Nantes sent Cardiff an email last Thursday and followed up with a legal threat on Tuesday.

On January 21, Sala was travelling from Nantes to Wales with pilot David Ibbotson, but the aircraft lost contact near Guernsey.


But upon returning to Wales, he went missing flying across the English channel.

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

The transfer fee is reportedly set to be paid over three instalments, and Cardiff are reportedly surprised that Nantes have requested the money while Sala has still not been officially found.

The Premier League club feels it necessary for the rescue 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.

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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