Stoke chairman Peter Coates claims there will be no repeat of the club's lavish spending of 2011 during this summer's transfer window.
The Potters left it late to carry out much of their business last year, with Peter Crouch, Wilson Palacios and Cameron Jerome snapped up on deadline day.
Stoke supporters will have been hoping for more of the same this time around, as Tony Pulis looks to keep the club heading in the right direction.
Coates has, however, warned that players will need to be moved on before fresh faces can be drafted in, with the Potters currently boasting 28 senior professionals on their books.
He told The Sentinel: "Are we going to spend like we did last year? We can't afford to, and neither can any other club our size.
"You can only have a squad of a certain size, otherwise they are all standing on the sidelines. What's clever about that?
"So you only want a squad of a certain size and ours is already self-evidently too big.
"It's the same for other clubs. Arsene Wenger is saying he has to get players out at Arsenal before he can get them in. We are no different.
"What we want is the best 25 players we can get, but that's easy to say."
Coates added: "We are expecting some change around, but not a large amount.
"But if people come in for some of our players and it suits us to do a deal, then that opens up possibilities."