Manchester City's executive chairman Garry Cook has warned that his club will not be held to ransom in the January transfer window.
The Citizens are expected to make major moves to strengthen their squad in the New Year, with likes of Franck Ribery, Kaka and Roques Santa Cruz linked with switches to Eastlands.
However, Cook says his club will not pay over the odds to try and secure top-class recruits.
He said: "Making any predictions would not only be unfair to the game and the people in it but also to the fans, because we want to make sure their expectations are in place.
"But I won't allow this football club to be used by anyone seeking a fortune. I'd rather just make sure we have got the right characters who can give the fans value for money.
"There will be some surprises, but we should also see in this window if some players or clubs see this club as a gravy train, then we are quite prepared to walk away.
"People think there are limitless funds available for players and they accordingly put a price tag on individuals, but it is clear we will not be dragged into that type of discussion."