Portsmouth administrator Andrew Andronikou feels clubs are trying to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng on the cheap.
Pompey's financial troubles are well documented, with the club having become the first Premier League club to slip into administration during the 2009/10 campaign.
The monetary troubles at Fratton Park continue to hang over the club and they know they must offload their most saleable assets this summer in order to generate funds.
Midfield ace Boateng tops that list, with the former Tottenham man having shone for Ghana at this summer's World Cup.
Portsmouth had hoped that his star showings in South Africa would help their efforts to bring in a sizeable fee, but Andronikou claims the exact opposite has proven to be the case.
"It's war out there and it's frustrating," he told The News.
"After the World Cup, Boateng's agent turned up with a mandate from someone offering us £2.8m. Yes, this was after the World Cup.
"This is the same agent who had earlier told us to keep the £120,000 he claims we owed Boateng and in return let him move for nothing. This is the rubbish I have to deal with.
"Boateng did excellently in the World Cup. If we do not get £5-6m there is something terribly wrong in the transfer market.
"The problem is there are people trying to rip us off. His agent has shown the club no respect whatsoever and the club is showing no respect back.
"He has even told me we should let Boateng go on the cheap because it would allow us to get rid of him and be to our benefit.
"The truth is there was interest in him before the World Cup - there has been 100 per cent more interest since.
"He is one of those talented midfielders that any club will make money from him just by having him there. We value him early £6m and will not let anybody get him on the cheap."
Lazio and an unnamed Greek side are reported to have already approached Pompey in regards to taking Boateng.