Peterborough director of football Barry Fry has warned supporters that the sale of one of the club's star attacking trio could be inevitable in the coming months.
Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has consistently rejected bids for his top players but Fry feels that the club may have to listen as the harsh economic climate begins to bite.
He told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph: "It's a harsh world out there for everyone at the moment and football clubs are no different. I am frightened of the future for some clubs and maybe it's time to get a bit more realistic.
"We are faced with a situation where we will probably lose money hand over fist. The chairman is continually putting his hand in his pocket and knowing him he will continue to do so. But if he asked for my advice in January about selling a player I'd tell him to go for it.
"I would probably have sold Aaron Mclean for £2million to Wolves when we had the chance and Craig Mackail-Smith to Leicester for £1.5million and George Boyd to Middlesbrough for the same, but the chairman has only ever been interested in winning football matches not cashing in.
"We continue to get loads of inquiries particularly for Mackail-Smith, but as we haven't got any offers on the table yet anyway so we have nothing to consider. I wouldn't be surprised if the chairman turned any bids down though. He's been an awesome supporter of the club and is dedicated to success on the field."