French side Bordeaux has denied demanding a fee for missing striker Emiliano Sala following his move to Cardiff City.
Sala completed a club-record transfer to Premier League side Cardiff before the plane he was aboard went missing en route to the Welsh capital from Nantes on Monday and according to Bordeaux in a statement they did not ask for any fee amid reports that they had asked for a fee from Sala's transfer, believed to be 50 percent following his spell at the club from 2012 to 2015.
"FC Girondins de Bordeaux formally denies the information published in the Presse Ocean newspaper that the club claimed its 'due' on the occasion of the transfer of Emiliano Sala. In today's sad circumstances, Girondins de Bordeaux express their support for Emiliano Sala's family and friends," the statement from the club noted.
Sala's family reached their €300,000 crowdfunding target in their bid to resume the search for the Argentine forward. Search and rescue efforts had spanned three days without a trace of the Piper Malibu aircraft before the authorities opted to call a halt to their scanning of the area.