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

However, Cardiff are yet to pay the first installment with the club still mulling over the details of the contract especially regarding recent developments surrounding the tragic incident.

This comes just days after wreckage from the plane carrying Cardiff City footballer was discovered in the English Channel with a body which is yet recovered.

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 BBC quotes a source at the Premier League team who said that they are waiting until "all the facts" are known.

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.


The 28-year-old's body has not been found, although a body was...

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.

Pilot Dave Ibbotson was also on board as rescuers revealed one body has been spotted inside the aircraft 220ft under water.

"Let's hope they can rescue it as soon as possible to find out what happened and have some sort of certainty", Sala's father Horacio Sala told the Associated Press Monday.

The families of Sala, Cardiff City's record signing at £15 million, and Ibbotson have been informed of the discovery.

  • Steve Townsend