Cardiff City could face legal action from Nantes if they fail to pay the first instalment of the £15m transfer fee agreed for Emiliano Sala in the next 10 days.

That’s according to BBC Sport, who write that the French club are demanding the money despite the ongoing investigation into Sala’s disappearance.

The 28-year-old and pilot Dave Ibbotson’s aircraft went missing on the evening of 21 January near Guernsey.

The pair were flying to Cardiff ahead of the striker’s first training session with the Bluebirds, which was scheduled for the following day.

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Earlier this week, rescue teams found a body in plane’s wreckage, but are yet to confirm if it is Sala or indeed Ibbotson.

Cardiff are said to be surprised at Nantes’ demands at this moment but are willing to honour his contract and the payments.

The fee, which is a club record for the Welsh outfit, is scheduled to be paid in instalments over the next three years, with 50% owed to the Argentine’s former club, Bordeaux.

The Bluebirds played their first home match since the tragic incident last weekend, with club staff and supporters wearing daffodils as a show of respect and everybody in the stadium observing a minute’s silence.