Defender Mark Reynolds today challenged the Dons to land a multi-million cash boost by reaching the Europa League groups.
Aberdeen have exited at the third qualifying round stage in the previous three seasons.
The Dons will face the winners of the first qualifying round tie between Kazakhstan’s FC Ordabasy Shymkent and Bosnia and Herzegovina’s NK Siroki Brijeg.
Aberdeen begin their Euro quest on July 13 and will have three rounds to negotiate to secure the riches of the group stages.
The reward for clubs reaching the group stages last season was £2.3 million (2.6m euros), with a further £319,000 (360,000 euros) for a win and £106,000 (120,000 euros) for a draw.
It would be another cash injection for the Reds following the investment of “several million” from new non-executive board member Dave Cormack through the acquisition of shares.
Aberdeen also secured £1.3m from the transfer of winger Jonny Hayes to Celtic on a three-year deal.
Reynolds said: “The Europa League group stages is the target as it would be a massive thing for a club like Aberdeen to achieve.
“To be involved in Europe in the later stages would bring huge benefits financially.
“It would also be great for both the players and the fans.”
The Pittodrie board have given manager Derek McInnes, who rejected a move to Sunderland, his largest ever transfer fund to rebuild the squad.
The Dons return for pre-season on Monday with Dons boss McInnes looking to have new signings in place by then.
Scotland international Shaun Maloney, now a free agent after his deal with Hull expired, and Preston North End striker Stevie May are on boss McInnes’ radar.
Reynolds said: “The Europa League group stages has got to be the target for us this season and we will come back for pre-season training ready to go for that.”
Aberdeen were initially set to enter the Europa League at the first qualifying round but received a bye to the next round as a result of Manchester United’s Europe League triumph.
They landed a tough trip to either Kazakhstan or Bosnia and Herzegovina in the second round.
Reynolds said: “Manchester United winning the Europa League was a huge boost for us as it meant we would then go into the second round.
“If that hadn’t have happened we would only have had a few weeks off over the summer, which has happened in previous years.
Despite the unexpected boost thanks to Manchester United, Reynolds still had a reduced summer break.
The centre-back was on the bench for Scotland’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with England at Hampden.
Reynolds had to cancel a family holiday to Tenerife to meet up with the Scots, but still got nearly two weeks off before returning to Pittodrie.
Although the initial focus will be on European action, the 30-year-old centre back is determined to prove a point domestically this season.
Aberdeen’s squad was decimated with the loss of Jonny Hayes, Ryan Jack, Niall McGinn, Ash Taylor and Peter Pawlett after last season.
A nervous summer for the Reds saw Sunderland try, and fail, to lure boss McInnes to the Stadium of Light.
McInnes is ready to step up his rebuilding programme backed by the Dons board.
Rangers have spent £10m in the bid to become Celtic’s main challengers.
Reynolds is confident the Dons will be as strong as ever in the upcoming campaign.
He said: “At the start of last season a lot of people were talking about Rangers being back and Hearts also being strong.
“They said that would make it a lot more difficult for us in the league.
“However, we still secured a record points total and finished in second spot comfortably again, despite Rangers and Hearts being there.
“And we finished runners-up in both cups.
“We are still here, and still a force to be reckoned with.
“We will gather ourselves up and will be ready to go again in the new season.”