Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger intends to keep players already at the Emirates Stadium this summer rather than spend money on new signings.
Wenger has made the thinly-veiled warning to any clubs interested in his players after seeing Emmanuel Adebayor and Alex Hleb linked with moves to Italy since the end of the last campaign.
Striker Adebayor is wanted by AC Milan, while Hleb has been linked with potential moves to Barcelona, Internazionale, Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg.
Mathieu Flamini has already left the Gunners on a free transfer to Milan this summer and Wenger is determined that no other stars will be leaving.
Speaking about his scouting mission to Euro 2008, he said: "I brought my cheque-book but, having looked at the prices, I've realised it isn't big enough.
"I've not been surprised by the quality on show. There is a fantastic young generation of players coming through.
"But I will use my cheque-book first to keep the players I already have."