Cabrera has been touted as a capable replacement for outgoing midfielder Bongani Zungu, who is set to move to Portugal next season.
However, Sundowns’ transfer target has received an offer from a local club and is unlikely to move to South Africa unless the Brazilians improve their offer.
And Mosimane says the days of care-free big spending at Chloorkop are over.
“We need to afford him,” Mosimane tells KickOff.com.
“Look, everybody is allowed to ask whatever he wants. But we need to afford him. We can’t pay more than we can afford.
“Sundowns have moved away from buying and buying,” he adds.