Body recovered from wreckage of Emiliano Sala's plane, investigators say

A large portrait of Emiliano Sala is displayed outside FC Nantes' Stade de la Beaujoire

A body has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane which crashed into the English Channel with Argentinean striker Emiliano Sala onboard.

According to the British media outlet, the transfer of the player, which would have been Cardiff's most expensive signing in the club's history, was to be paid in instalments over three years.

The body was seen in the Piper Malibu N264DB on Monday, two weeks after the plane vanished near Guernsey.

The Mirror reports that Nantes sent Cardiff an email last Thursday and followed up with a legal threat on Tuesday.

According to BBC Wales, Nantes have given Cardiff a 10-day ultimatum over the first payment of between five and six million euros.

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Cardiff have reportedly withheld payment until they are satisfied with the terms of the payment.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said in a statement: "Following extensive visual examination of the accident using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was chose to attempt recovery operations".

A source at Cardiff City told the BBC that they were prepared to pay Nantes the fee once they had "all the facts" but were surprised the French club was making demands at the point of time.

Sala, 28, was travelling from France to join up with his new Premier League club in a light aircraft on January 21 when it went missing close to the Channel Islands.

However, Nantes are demanding an initial payment of £5m (R87m) is transferred immediately for Sala, who is missing presumed dead after the wreckage was found.

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