07 February, 2019
They then followed up that message five days later with a more direct demand that referenced possible legal action.
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.
It was confirmed on Monday morning that a body - which has yet to be recovered and identified - had been seen in the wreckage of the aircraft which disappeared while carrying the player.
Cardiff are reported to be committed to honouring the deal but not until they have been provided with sufficient documentation.
Sala was on board the Piper Malibu that tragically crashed into the English Channel after the striker joined the English Premier League team in a $19 million (£15million) deal.
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A body was spotted in underwater images of the wreckage and Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has launched an operation to try and recover it.
Shipwreck hunter David Mearns, who led the private search, said it was a "possibility" that the bodies of Sala and Ibbotson would be found with the remains of the aircraft.
The transfer fee is reportedly set to be paid over three instalments, and Cardiff are reportedly surprised that Nantes have requested the money while Sala has still not been officially found.
The families of Sala, Cardiff City's record signing at £15 million, and Ibbotson have been informed of the discovery.
"They told me that the days passed and there was no news of Emiliano or the plane".
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