Nantes demand Cardiff make full £15m Emiliano Sala payment

Emiliano Sala

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.

It is understood Cardiff have not yet paid any of the £15m fee for the Argentine striker.

Wreckage of the aircraft which was carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been found at the bottom of the English Channel, while one body was discovered in footage obtained by an underwater camera.

However, Cardiff are yet to pay the first installment with the club still mulling over the details of the contract especially regarding recent developments surrounding the tragic incident.

The Sala family are now in Nantes anxiously awaiting the fate of Emiliano and are still to learn whether it is even his body in the aircraft.

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.

The Premier League club have not paid the first instalment of the deal and say they will wait for the conclusion of any investigation into the 28-year-old Argentinian's disappearance.

A spokesman for the Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) said: "The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police".

Bordeaux, Sala's previous team, are thought to be due 50% of the transfer fee as per the terms of the deal which had taken him to Nantes.

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