Emiliano Sala's French team demands payment of £15mn transfer fee from Cardiff City – report
Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have been missing since the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared from radars shortly after the take-off on January 21 en route from Nantes to Cardiff.
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. 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.
It is understood that the agreement between the clubs was to process the payments in instalments over three years. Cardiff have reportedly withheld payment until they are satisfied with the terms of the payment.
Nantes have asked Cardiff City they pay the £15m that had been agreed for the signing of Emiliano Sala. 😬 That’s a tough one, considering the circumstances. Surely they/he was insured What should be the outcome???Maybe the money should go to his family? Or a portion anyway— Laurence Kinlan (@laurencekinlan) February 6, 2019
As if the Sala situation wasn’t already grim enough, we now have to endure the stage where three clubs and about five agents argue in public about who owes how much to whom. Football can be a real cesspit— Scott Johnson (@roathboy) February 6, 2019
Personally i think Nantes need to show respect to the situation & allow sala to be found & investigation into what happen conclude. Let insurence claims be made. Cardiff have said they will honour the contract but due diligence need to be carried out.— Jay (@jayisdaman) February 6, 2019
The BBC quotes a source at the Premier League team who said that they are waiting until "all the facts" are known. They also expressed surprise at the timing of the news, as recovery operations are underway to retrieve the aircraft.
Bordeaux, Sala's previous team, are thought to be due 50% of the transfer fee as per the terms of the deal which had taken him to Nantes.
After a prolonged search, wreckage from Sala's plane was spotted last weekend and the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) have undertaken an investigation into the cause of the crash, as well as examining the logistics involved in raising the aircraft from its position 67m beneath the surface.Also on rt.com Sala plane tragedy: Underwater VIDEO released by investigators shows one body inside wreckage