Dons chairman Stewart Milne today revealed the AberDNA fans’ funding scheme has already raised £600,000 for the first team.
All of that money will be channelled back into manager Derek McInnes’ bid to bring success to Pittodrie both domestically and in Europe.
AberDNA was launched in March this year and almost 5,500 fans have signed up to the initiative.
The Evening Express can reveal the cash raised – with more than £1m gross taken in.
Aberdeen have had a bid of around £500,000 turned down for Doncaster Rovers striker John Marquis.
The Dons will have to shell out more than half-a-million to land Marquis even though Peterborough, who also had a bid rejected, are understood to be out of the race for the 26-year-old.
The Reds have already splashed out £200,000 to land midfield playmaker Chris Forrester from Posh.
On AberDNA, Milne, said: “Gross we have raised just over £1 million.
“But there are obviously costs associated with that.
“We lose 20% in VAT straight away.
“There is the cost of running the team that is doing the selling job.
“Then there is the cost of the products that are part of the DNA.
“However, it will leave a sizeable chunk of money that will be fed into the football operation.
“It will be in excess of half a million.
“We would hope it would be on the right side of £600,000.”
The entirely voluntary AberDNA scheme will continue to raise money to be funnelled into strengthening the team every season as the packages require monthly payments.
There are four packages that come with various benefits – Premium (£18), Standard (£12), International (£18) and Under-12 (£8).
Hearts run a similar scheme. Foundation of Hearts has more than 8,000 members and has raised more than £6.5 million.
Hibs Supporters’ Limited has contributed £525,000 to the football budget.
Milne said: “It has been a fantastic response from the fans and it just shows you the commitment out there from them.
“Lots of them are buying season tickets and signing up for DNA.
“It is a great initiative and will help strengthen that bond between the club and the fans.
“It will enable the fans to feel that they are much more part of the club.
“As time goes past that is something that can be developed even further.”
Dons boss McInnes aims to strengthen his squad further before the Europa League second qualifying round first leg clash with Burnley on Thursday July 26.
Doncaster’s stance is that Marquis is not for sale as he is the club’s leading scorer with
40 goals in two seasons.
He has two years left on his contract and sources indicate it would take a bid of close to £1m to test Doncaster’s resolve.
That is likely to be far too rich for Aberdeen.
McInnes has already introduced three new signings for the new campaign with Forrester, Republic of Ireland international Stephen Gleeson and teenage midfielder Lewis Ferguson.
A training compensation fee has yet to be agreed between Aberdeen and Ferguson’s former club Hamilton.
The Reds have offered in excess of £100,000 while Accies are understood to value the 18-year-old at around £900,000.
The matter is set to go to an SPFL tribunal with a date still to be set.
Aberdeen are confident the final figure will be close to their valuation.
McInnes is also in the hunt for defensive cover before the start of the season that kicks off with the Euro clash with Burnley.
Aberdeen then face Rangers in a Premiership opener on August 5 that will mark the domestic debut of new Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard.
Milne said: “We know it is going to be a very challenging league this year.
“Rangers are upping their game, Hearts have brought in a lot of new players and I have no doubt once Hibs get going there will be plenty of new players coming in there.
“I do think it will be a very competitive league.
“We have never had a period since Fergie left where we have effectively delivered so many second-placed finishes.
“That is how close we have been for the last five years which is great testament to Derek and his backroom team and the players.
“We still have the core of the players that will be part of that this coming season.
“It is going to be a big challenge.”
With such a competitive Premiership expected will there be recognition of that in McInnes’ budget?
“Very much so,” said Milne. “Since Derek joined the club it has been part of growing the budget every year.
“We have done various things over the years to help us generate additional cash.
“Last year we got the Granite Club operating and this year we have the DNA membership scheme up and running.
“The bulk of that additional cash we are trying to feed into the football budget.”