«If we are contractually obliged to pay them then of course we will. We are an honourable club,» Dalman told the BBC.
«But if we are not — and there are some anomalies in that — then surely you would expect me as the chairman and guardian of this club’s interests to look into that and hold our position. That is what we are doing.
«We are still in the process of gathering information and that process will be ongoing. And when we reach a level where we have enough information, I am sure we will sit down with Nantes and move forward.»
Dalman also rejected speculation that Cardiff manager Neil Warnock might have been ready to step down from his post amid the emotion surrounding Sala’s death.
Last month Warnock said he had considered his future «24 hours a day, seven days a week» after the most difficult experience in his career.
«That discussion has never taken place, and I have absolutely no intention of holding that discussion,» Dalman said.
A minute’s silence was observed at Tuesday evening’s (Wednesday AEDT) Champions League fixtures in Manchester and Rome, with UEFA saying the tribute would be observed at all continental matches this week.