Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that the decision to sign Luka Modric is out of his hands, pointing out that the money and the verdict rested in the hands of Roman Abramovich.
The Chelsea owner bought the club in 2003, and has since splashed out huge sums for Blue talent, including a Barclays Premier League transfer record for Spanish forward Fernando Torres.
And the new manager cautiously reminded everyone who holds the purse strings at Stamford Bridge.
"It doesn't depend on me. It's not my money,” he said.
Modric has been the prime target of Villas-Boas, and so far Harry Redknapp and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy have managed to hold on to the Croatian playmaker.
But Villas-Boas added that he believed a deal could be made that would not involve the Russian tycoon liquidating his oil assets in order to meet the fee.
"It depends on a lot of things. It depends on the club's decision, if they are willing to go forward or not, up to which value and whether they want to keep the interest in the player," he said.
"It doesn't depend on me. It's not my money. We have to take sensible decisions or else you end up criticising us for other stuff. [But] the technical decisions are mine, of course.
"It depends on what you have available. On the price… on the age of the player that you get. Luka, on this particular occasion, is a young player but there would be, for sure, a sensible price to pay."