Nantes have demanded payment from Cardiff City over £15m Emiliano Sala transfer

Nantes are demanding their first payment for Emiliano Sala

On January 21, Sala was travelling from Nantes to Wales with pilot David Ibbotson, but the aircraft lost contact near Guernsey.

According to the BBC, Cardiff have withheld the first scheduled payment until they are satisfied with the documentations.

However, Nantes are demanding an initial payment of £5m (R87m) is transferred immediately for Sala, who is missing presumed dead after the wreckage was found.

Cardiff were reportedly shocked by the timing of the letter from Nantes, as recovery workers are now in the process of trying to excavate the body of someone from the crash plane he was in.

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Cardiff have yet to make a payment and Nantes put extra pressure on the Premier League side by asking for the first payment last Thursday.

A search team found wreckage of the plane on Sunday in the English Channel, but bodies have not been recovered or identified.

Sala was on board the plane with pilot Dave Ibbotson.

The Argentine striker was the club's record signing.

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A source at Cardiff told British media that the Welsh club will honour the contract but only once they have clarified "all the facts".

It is also reported that Bordeaux are entitled to a cut of the fee for Argentinian striker Sala, who was on their books from 2012 to 2015 before joining Nantes.

Per Sky Sports News, the Premier League club fell they should wait until the recovery operation in the Channel is concluded and for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the police to conclude their investigations before they proceed with any payment.

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