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

Emiliano Sala in action for Nantes

French soccer club Nantes is threatening legal action against Premier League club Cardiff to recover the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala, whose plane crashed into the English Channel, The Mirror reports.

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.

Since the incident occurred, Cardiff withheld the first scheduled payment until all of the facts were clarified.

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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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.

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 Welsh club are understood to be taken aback by timings of the correspondence as underwater rescue teams are still in the process of retrieving the plane where Sala is believed to have died.

French club Bourdeaux are also entitled to a cut of the fee, thought to be 50 per cent after Sala was on their books from 2012-2015 before joining Nantes. If we are successful, we will consider the feasibility of recovering the aircraft wreckage.

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