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Emiliano Sala: Nantes demand transfer fee from Cardiff City

FOOTBALL By Mirror | February 6th 2019
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French club Nantes are threatening legal action against Cardiff over the Emiliano Sala transfer - even before his body has been found.

Mirror Sport understands that Nantes sent an e-mail demanding the £15m fee last Thursday and followed up with a legal letter on Tuesday.

They are threatening further action unless they get the first payment - the fee is spread over three years - within ten days despite the ongoing search following the Argentine striker’s tragic disappearance.

Cardiff have held off until they establish the full facts and to see who was to blame for the tragedy after the plane, the Piper Malibu N264DB, went missing with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board two weeks ago.

Investigators have discovered the plane in the English Channel with a body inside but have yet to identify who it is because of the poor weather.

They are also trying to establish who owned the plane, insurance issues and other details surrounding the flight which may mean it results in an insurance pay out.

But Cardiff are understood to be willing to meet their full obligations and, while Nantes have done nothing illegal, the timing of the request with the family still distraught with worry has caused upset at the Premier League club.

French club Bordeaux 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.

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Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed on Tuesday that their mission to recover the body inside the wreckage is underway.

An AAIB spokesperson said: "We are attempting to recovery the body. If we are successful, we will consider the feasibility of recovering the aircraft wreckage.

“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.

"Regardless of the results, we will not be making a further statement until the families have been informed."

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