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

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

The former club of Emiliano Sala are demanding his transfer fee after the striker's tragic disappearance, according to reports.

The Premier League club were shocked to receive a formal letter from Nantes on Tuesday asking for payment within 10 days.

Nantes, who play in France's top division, sold Sala to Premier League strugglers Cardiff in January for a fee reported to be £15million - although the fee is reported to be spread out over three years.

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.

A claim against the insurers of the Piper Malibu aircraft Sala and Ibbotson flew on is also possible, with Cardiff saying two weeks ago: "We are looking at the potential possibility of negligence that may have caused the accident".

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Cardiff will honor the deal but have been reluctant to make a payment until they know "all the facts".

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.

Authorities said yesterday they are trying to recover the body spotted in the seabed wreckage of the plane that was carrying Argentine player and his pilot.

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

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.