Emiliano Sala transfer-fee payment delay agreed by Cardiff and Nantes

A portrait of missing footballer Emiliano Sala is displayed at the entrance to FC Nantes' training centre
Image: Cardiff and Nantes have come to an agreement over delaying the first instalment of Emiliano Sala's transfer fee

Cardiff and Nantes have agreed to extend the deadline on the first instalment of the £15m transfer fee for Emiliano Sala until February 27.

The Bluebirds had been asked to make the first payment of €6m (£5.27m) to Nantes on February 20, but the clubs have agreed a delay of one week.

Sala died when the private plane bringing him to Cardiff crashed into the English Channel on January 21, just two days after his record move to the Premier League club was completed.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock attends the funeral of Emiliano Sala 1:14
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock praises the bravery of Emiliano Sala's family at the funeral of the late striker in his native Argentina

The 28-year-old's body was recovered from the crash site after a lengthy search and his funeral - attended by both Cardiff and Nantes officials - took place in his native Argentina last Saturday.

Lincolnshire pilot David Ibbotson remains missing, presumed dead.

Nantes' lawyers wrote to Cardiff on February 5 asking for the first of three annual payments for the player, as was agreed last month, to be paid within 10 working days.

Nantes fined over Sala flare tributes

Nantes fined over Sala flare tributes

Nantes have been fined by the French Football League after fans set off flares as part of a tribute to Emiliano Sala.

Cardiff have made it clear they want to wait until the investigation into the crash is complete.

The Premier League club is querying "anomalies" in contract details, but chairman Mehmet Dalman has said they will be "honourable" with Nantes over the transfer fee if they are contractually obliged to play.

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Nantes paid tribute to Emiliano Sala ahead of their first home game since the striker's body was formally identified

The situation is further complicated by Nantes owing Bordeaux 50 per cent of the fee because of a sell-on clause agreed when they bought Sala in 2015.

If the dispute is not resolved, it could end up in the hands of FIFA and its dispute resolution chamber, the body that arbitrates when players or clubs have a disagreement, or go straight to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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