Brighton and Hove Albion chief executive Paul Barber has insisted the club will not break their structure or spirit to sign any player in the world, in what has become a money-centric, and crazy world of football.
The Amex Stadium hierarchy sitter joined the Seagulls in May 2012 following stints at Tottenham Hotspur and the Vancouver Whitecaps and has helped transform the club from an organisation sharing an athletics ground at nearby Withdean just six years ago to now an English top-flight club.
I'm absolutely not having that Southampton vs. Brighton is a derby.— Coral (@Coral) October 29, 2017
They're not even in the same bloody county.
However, with the success in securing a Premier League spot come inflated prices and increased interest form agents, which he recalled from moments after gaining promotion last season.
"The first came two, maybe three minutes after we were promoted", Barber explained to the Mirror when asked about players' representation getting in touch.
"Well it seemed like that anyway!"
He did not elaborate on whether those phone calls were successful, however over the summer 12 were, and he believes it is because of Brighton's extremely selective transfer policy as to why they currently find themselves with a three-point buffer from the relegation zone.
"We are coping", the former EFL director added.
"I have to say, though, that it has been tough. Enjoyable – but tough.
"It has been quite a journey, but we don’t want it to end. We want to be competitive and of course we want to stay in the Premier League.
"But at the same time, we need to be realistic. We have a structure that we will not break, not for any individual player. We don’t want to jeopardise the spirit we have created."