Norwich City have conceded they are unlikely to keep Max Aarons this summer.
The right-back is attracting interest from some of the top clubs in Europe.
And the Canaries joint majority shareholder Delia Smith admitted the club would struggle to keep the 21-year-old.
"Luckily, because of this wonderful team behind the scenes, we have some really lovely players," Smith said at the Financial Times Business of Football summit.
"They've got a nice temperament and Max Aarons is one of the best. He is going to be one of the top footballers and it won't be at Norwich.
"He knows that, we know that. But we didn't have any problem with Max or his parents on this particular occasion and this particular deal.
"Obviously, we will lose him, but that is part of our plan."