Emiliano Sala: Nantes demand payment from Cardiff City for £15m transfer

A large portrait of Emiliano Sala is displayed outside FC Nantes' Stade de la Beaujoire

French soccer club Nantes are demanding payment from Cardiff over the transfer of Emiliano Sala, according to reports.

The Argentine, 28, had been due to take part in his first training session with his new team Cardiff City the next morning following the completion of a £15m ($19.4m) transfer to the English top flight club.

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were on board the Piper Malibu aircraft that went missing over the English Channel on January 21, carrying the player from Nantes to Cardiff ahead of his planned first training session with the team.

According to the BBC, Nantes are threatening legal action if they do not receive a payment within 10 days.

A legal letter from Nantes was emailed to Cardiff on Tuesday - the second demand in the space of a week - to request urgent payment.

The striker and pilot were on board the Piper Malibu N264DB aircraft which went missing more than two weeks ago between Nantes and Cardiff.

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An operation to recovery a body seen in the plane wreckage has started.

A source at the Welsh club says the contract will be honoured but not before Cardiff have clarified "all the facts".

But with the body not yet identified and Sala's family distraught, Cardiff is reportedly concerned about the timing of Nantes' demand.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) are now trying to recover a body from the wreckage, although there is no confirmation whether the body identified is Sala's.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is considering the feasibility of lifting the wreckage from the seabed if it can recover the body.

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