Cardiff are set to tell FIFA that the £15m deal they agreed to pay Nantes for EmilianoSala became “null and void” after he died in a plane crash, a report said on Monday.
The 28-year-old Argentine forward was killed when the small plane carrying him came down in the Channel on January 21, two days after he completed his transfer from the French Ligue 1 side.
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 that there is a dispute about whether he had agreed to sign a new deal.
According to the report, a source close to Cardiff said the agreement stipulated that Welsh and French football authorities had to confirm to both clubs that Sala “has been registered as a Cardiff City FC player and that the player’s International Transfer Certificate has been released”.
He had been unable to sign a revised deal before his death on January 21.
Cardiff will also claim that further contract clauses – proposed by Nantes – had not been met.
A Cardiff spokesperson said: “The club is aware of FIFA’s request for a response by April 3 and is processing that accordingly. We have no further comment at this stage.”