French club, Nantes have told Cardiff City to pay for missing Argentine striker, Emiliano Sala.
The Argentine signed for the Welsh club in a £15 million deal before the ill-fated plane, Piper Malibu N264DB, he was travelling on with pilot, David Ibbotson, crashed in the English Channel on January 21.
The 28-year-old was the Premier League club’s record signing.
According to the BBC, Cardiff had withheld the first scheduled payment until they are satisfied with the documentation.
The report said the transfer fee is due to be paid in installments over three years.
It has been reported that Nantes are threatening legal action if they do not receive a payment within 10 days.
The report further said a source at Cardiff said the club will honour the contract, but not until they have clarified “all the facts”.
It is not clear whether or not the club have insurance covering the cost of the transfer.
Cardiff are said to be “surprised” that Nantes have made the demand, while efforts are being made to recover the body of the player and pilot from the water.
The report added that French club, Bourdeaux are also entitled to a cut of the fee, thought to be 50 percent. Sala had played for the club from 2012 to 2015 before joining Nantes.