LONDON – Premier League club Cardiff City have requested a meeting with French outfit Nantes to resolve their dispute over Emiliano Sala’s transfer fee, the Welsh-based side said on Wednesday.
Cardiff also obtained from world governing body Fifa – to whom Nantes had referred the case – an extension to the Wednesday deadline for the two clubs to hand over evidence, so they could rule on it, to April 15.
Sala, 28, died along with the pilot David Ibbotson when the Piper Malibu aircraft they were travelling in came down in the English Channel on January 21, two days after Cardiff had signed the Argentinian striker for a club record £15 million from Nantes.
Since the tragedy, both clubs have engaged in an unedifying war of words over the fee, with a source close to Cardiff telling The Daily Telegraph last week they do not owe anything as they consider the contract to be “null and void”.
The Daily Telegraph said Sala signed a contract with Cardiff that was rejected by the Premier League, and died before a revised one could be signed, adding there is a dispute about whether he had agreed to sign a new deal.