Mark Hughes insists Manchester City will not be "ripped off" when the transfer window re-opens in two months.
With Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan giving City considerable financial muscle, the bargaining chips are likely to be raised.
But Hughes claims they won't be taken in, he told www.mcfc.co.uk: "There may be the danger that prices go up because it is Manchester City that are interested, but I think that people will understand we will not get ripped off."
He added: "The owner and the chairman are very astute businessmen. They know the value of a good deal so they are not going to be taken for a ride.
"They understand the value of players and what it will take to make deals happen and that needs to be remembered when dealing with them."
Among the players understood to be on Hughes's wish list are Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz, Chelsea full-back Wayne Bridge and Portsmouth midfield Lassana Diarra.
Hughes has repeatedly refused to comment on his targets but said: "We are going to make sure we do everything we can to bring in the players I know will help us.
"We hope that the right ones will be available and that we will be able to bring them here.
"Player acquisition is not an exact science, you try to do your homework and ensure that everything goes through. But even the best-laid plans get compromised at the last minute and then don't go through."
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