Cardiff City face a potential transfer ban if they continue to withhold the first installment of Emiliano Sala’s £15 million fee.

The Argentine’s body has now been formally identified after it was recovered from the underwater wreckage in the English Channel.

Cardiff are due to pay Sala’s £15m fee in three installments and Nantes have already threatened legal action as the Premier League club have not yet made the first £5m payment.

According to The Times, Sala’s International Transfer Certificate was registered with the Welsh Football Association on January 21, which means Cardiff risk punishment from FIFA if they do not make the first payment by the end of next week.

Cardiff are unhappy with the timing of Nantes’ request as the French club sent an email on January 31 demanding the first payment.