Derek McInnes has insisted he will continue to play Scott Wright – even if he signs a pre-contract with Rangers.
Steven Gerrard’s side have already opened talks with Dons chairman Dave Cormack to see if a deal can be done in this window.
McInnes has resigned himself to losing his star midfielder but as long as he is at Pittodrie he will remain a central part of his plans.
McInnes, who takes his team to Livingston on Wednesday night, said: “Rangers are a club that are interested in Scott on a pre-contract.
“They came through the front door, which I’m grateful for really, rather than anything else.
“I spoke to Steven yesterday and there have been discussions at boardroom level, and they’ve let us know he is a player that they would be keen on, on a pre-contract. As is their right, as it is any club’s right, and as it is Scott’s right.
“For me, he’s a key player in the team. Like everything else, in an ideal world you’ll get a good offer for him from wherever, whether it’s Rangers or anyone else and we move on and we get something in return for all our work with Scott.
“He’s been with the club since he was eight and that would be the best case scenario for everyone.
“But at the same time, he’s a key player and if we don’t get a good offer, then he remains part of the team to try to achieve what we want to achieve.”
There is interest from several other clubs, including Oxford United, but Rangers are the only club who have indicated they would like to do business in this window.
A deal is likely to be struck as it could free up funds or help wipe out the outstanding fee that is owed to Rangers as part of the Ross McCrorie deal.
“I don’t expect that to happen this week,” the Dons chief claimed. “He’s in the squad for Livingston and we continue through January.
“It’s the same with any of your players, particularly when you’ve got a player who is out of contract at the end of the season, it makes sense if we can try and get a good offer for him.
“We’ll look at that, but at the same time he’s not a squad player, he’s a player who has been prominent in the team this season.”
McInnes had previously said there would be no more signings but admitted if Wright or anybody else was to be sold then that could free up funds.
The Aberdeen boss stated: “I said last week there won’t be players coming in. If someone moves – whether that’s Scott or someone else – that might change things.
“He is still here just now and I have to prepare a team for Livingston tomorrow with that in mind.
“But if someone leaves that might change things.”
Aberdeen extended Gary Woods’ loan from Oldham for the rest of the season, with back-up keeper Tomas Cerny still not 100 per cent.