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SportCardiff City explain delay over Sala payment to Nantes

20:00  12 february  2019
20:00  12 february  2019 Source:

Cardiff: Nantes have threatened to sue over Sala payment

Cardiff: Nantes have threatened to sue over Sala payment The Bluebirds claim they are looking into all the details of the deal to sign the striker, which is why they have yet to pay the Ligue 1 side

Cardiff City 's Emiliano Sala was on board an aircraft which vanished over the Channel Islands. Cardiff City , which signed Sala from French club Nantes in a record deal on Saturday, said it was "very shocked". Guernsey Police said there was "no trace" of the Cardiff -bound flight and has suspended

Cardiff City were issued a formal letter on Tuesday in which Sala 's previous club Nantes informed them that they must meet the agreed payment plan Cardiff City are understood to want to clarify "all the facts" before authorizing the first payment to the French side, but Zurich-based lawyer Gianpaolo

Cardiff City explain delay over Sala payment to Nantes © Dan Mullan/Getty Images Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman.

Chairman Mehmet Dalman has promised Cardiff City will be an "honourable club" with Nantes over the payment of a transfer fee for Emiliano Sala, once they have gathered further information.

Striker Sala was heading to Cardiff after completing a club-record move from the Ligue 1 side when the Piper Malibu aircraft carrying both the player and pilot David Ibbotson disappeared on January 21.

The 28-year-old's body was recovered with the help of specialist contractors from the plane wreckage in the English Channel last week.

Reports emerged in France last Wednesday that Nantes were demanding the first instalment of the €15million Cardiff had agreed to pay for the Argentine forward.

Arsenal and Cardiff honour Sala with daffodil tribute

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Cardiff have been threatened with legal action by Nantes over their failure to pay the first instalment of the £15 million transfer fee agreed for Emiliano Sala . The club are understood to have received a legal letter from Nantes yesterday demanding payment within ten days of a sum believed to be about £5

Click through the gallery above to see some images of Cardiff and Nantes ' tributes to Sala . The 28-year-old completed a club-record transfer from Nantes to Cardiff City on 19 January. It is understood that it was agreed the full transfer fee would be paid in instalments over three years, and

Dalman insists the Premier League club will pay up - but not before they have investigated what they believe to be "anomalies" in the deal.

"Of course, if we are contractually obliged to pay them then of course we will. We are an honourable club," he told BBC Sport Wales.

"But if we are not - and there are some anomalies in that - then surely you would expect me as the chairman and guardian of this club's interests to look into that and hold our position? That is what we are doing.

"We are still in the process of gathering information and that process will be ongoing. And when we reach a level where we have enough information, I am sure we will sit down with Nantes and move forward."

Dalman also confirmed Nantes have threatened legal action, adding: "They have asked for what they believe is the money due to them and there is a process and they have initiated that process.

"What we are saying is that we are not in agreement with that process given the extraordinary events that have taken place and the tragic circumstances. We are not making any positive or negative statements.

"We are simply saying, please understand there are a lot of questions which need to be answered and that is what we are trying to do."

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