Middlesbrough have accepted some of their top names may leave the club this summer but insist there is no necessity to sell.
Boro will play in the Coca-Cola Championship next season after their 11-year stay in the Barclays Premier League ended in relegation last month.
A number of players have already been linked with moves elsewhere while the club are preparing for a huge drop in revenue.
Yet chief executive Keith Lamb insists finances are stable, despite reports to the contrary, and player sales will only be made if good deals can be secured.
Lamb said: "The club remains in a good financial state and it is our aim to bounce back at the first attempt. We know that not only will we survive relegation, we are in a good position to give it a really good go at getting back again.
"Those that want to leave - and can find a club that can satisfy our demands - may well leave, that's football. But by that I mean [manager] Gareth Southgate is prepared to release them from his squad and we get reasonable compensation."