Vincent Tan, the Cardiff City owner, has assured relatives of Emiliano Sala he will pay for the striker to be repatriated to Argentina after his body was recovered from the English Channel on Thursday.
The wreckage of a single-engine Piper Malibu N264DB was discovered on Sunday evening, having disappeared on Jan 21 as Sala flew from Nantes in France to Cardiff.
Cardiff are on Saturday likely to be given permission by the Premier League to again wear commemorative shirts – with yellow daffodils – at Southampton. Sala’s former club Nantes, meanwhile, announced they would retire their No 9 shirt, previously worn by the striker.
Sala’s body had been taken by ship to Portland Port on Thursday, where a coroner confirmed his identity with the assistance of police. The aircraft remains 67 metres under water, 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey, and there has been no sign so far of the English pilot, Dave Ibbotson, 59.
On Friday, Sala’s sister, Romina, led tributes to the popular footballer after his death had been confirmed. Sergio Aguero and Mauricio Macri, the Argentina president, have also sent condolences.