Emiliano Sala: French club Nantes 'demand transfer fee' from Cardiff

Emiliano Sala in action 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.

Cardiff are said to be "surprised" Nantes have made the demand while attempts are being made to recover a body from the plane wreck that was carrying Sala and pilot Ibbotson.

The body is being taken to Portland to be passed over to the Dorset coroner for examination, the AAIB added.

Sala, Cardiff's record signing, is feared dead after a plane travelling from Nantes to south Wales lost radar contact near Guernsey on January 21.

'The body is now being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner, ' a statement read.

"Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship".

'The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the hard decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close, ' the AAIB said. However, the AAIB says that video from a remote underwater vehicle "is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation".

Cardiff and Nantes agreed a £15 million fee for Sala, due to be paid in three instalments, on January 19 but the Argentinian striker disappeared on a flight from Brittany to Wales two days later along with pilot David Ibbotson.

According to the BBC, Nantes are threatening legal action if they do not receive a payment within 10 days.

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