Emiliano Sala: Nantes demand transfer fee from Cardiff City

Elena Summers
February 7, 2019

Investigators have not been able to recover the aircraft which was flying from Nantes to Cardiff after Sala transferred from the French city's team to the Welsh capital's Premier League club.

An underwater camera showed one occupant was visible in the wreckage.

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.

The plot now thickens in the recent tragedy that witnessed the Piper Malibu carrying the striker and pilot David Ibbotson, disappear off radar.

Cardiff are "surprised" that Nantes have made the demand while recovery attempts are still being carried out.


A source at Cardiff says they will honour the contract, but not until they have clarified "all the facts". The two clubs had agreed on a payout in three instalments, which is relatively common in big transfers.

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.

The plane was only discovered on Sunday and the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has not identified the body spotted in the wreckage, which was found on the seabed.

However, due to poor weather conditions the wreckage of the plane has not been recovered and the operation has been brought to a close.

"Strong tidal conditions mean we can only use the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for limited periods each day and this will mean that progress is slow".

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