Dario Gradi is hoping Crewe can agree compensation with a club for young defender Billy Jones to avoid the need for a tribunal.
Jones has spurned all contract offers put in front of him and is set to depart The Railwaymen as a free agent at the end of the season.
Crewe would receive compensation for the teenage stopper, but any fee set by a tribunal is likely to be minimal.
Gradi is aiming to thrash out a deal with a Premiership club before June but admits Jones' representatives may prove a stumbling block.
"It is impossible to quote a figure for Billy. So what we hope to do is agree an amount with a club beforehand," Gradi told The Sentinel.
"That is what I am doing at the moment. I am talking to various clubs and I am emphatically telling them he is good enough to play in the Premiership.
"I am hoping that someone will come in and offer us decent compensation for him. But having said that, it is out of my control. It is more under the control of his agent and his dad at the moment."
Everton and Manchester City are both believed to hold a strong interest in signing Jones in the summer.