Neil Warnock insists that Cardiff has been prudent regarding his return to the Premier League and has not matched the expense of his teammates Fulham and Wolves.
Fulham has become the first Premier League club to spend more than £ 100 million, while the Wolves have also recruited a lot and broke their transfer record this week by paying 18 million pounds for the Middlesbrough end Adama Traore .
Warnock, speaking before Saturday's opening match in Bournemouth, told reporters that the club had "spent around 25 million net pounds" on the momentum of his team with six newcomers this summer.
Neil Warnock defended Cardiff's summer spending, which grew pale in comparison to rivals
The club spent around £ 41 million in total on six new recruits, including forward Bobby Reid (R)
THE CARDIFF SUMMER TRANSFER BUSINESS
In: Bobby Reid, Greg Cunningham, Alex Smithies, Josh Murphy, Victor Camarasa and Harry Arter
Outside: Lee Camp, Matty Kennedy, Greg Halford, Ben Wilson, Mark Harris and Omar Bogle
Cardiff says the actual figure is 41 million pounds sterling, but both parties agree that the club's financial prudence compared to its new promoted rivals has been a sensible course of action.
"We're not throwing money or doing things we can not keep," Warnock said.
"We have players on loan, so if things do not go well, it's not going to bankrupt the club in 12 months."
"But at the same time they have something to prove and last year we started running the majority of the teams."
Wolves and Fulham spent much of the tastes of Adama Traore (L) and Jean Michael Seri (R)
Warnock has strengthened all departments of his squad when Cardiff returns to the top flight for the first time since the 2013/14 season: his lonely season in the Premier League.
Goalkeeper Alex Smithies entered from QPR, defender Greg Cunningham joined Preston and midfielder Harry Carter, who can not play against his home club on Saturday, and Víctor Camarasa signed on the last day.
Josh Murphy, a £ 11m signing from Norwich, and Bobby Reid add attack options to an area where Warnock believes Cardiff is still lightweight.
"I probably would have bought a first-class striker, but I'm not sure I spent it anywhere else," Warnock said.
"If I had to spend £ 15-20 million on the two midfielders I brought, I probably would have."
Jefferson Lerma, which cost Bournemouth a record £ 25 million, was the first on Cardiff's wish list
Warnock saw Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe at the Premier League managers meeting on Wednesday and told him that Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma had headed Cardiff's transfer targets last season.
Lerma joined Bournemouth of the Spanish Levante team in a 25 million euro contract with the club on Tuesday.
"We laughed because Lerma was number one on our list at the end of last season," Warnock said. "We thought we would get it for six or seven million and have it for £ 25 million.
"I told Eddie" how does it feel to be in that position? "But it shows how far the club has advanced.
"But I do not envy anyone like that because money brings you more problems than it is worth, we just have to stabilize the club and give it a chance.
"We have been discarded many times, but we have continued to surprise everyone and I think that everyone else after the first six is a game that can be won."