Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has accused fierce rivals Real Madrid of a 'lack of respect' over their reported world record bid for Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale.
Real have made no secret of their desire to secure the signature of Bale, with their latest bid believed to be worth a staggering £86 million - a fee that would eclipse the £80 million paid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo back in 2009.
Yet despite the Madrid outfit's considerable reputation for such extravagant purchases, Martino believes such an eye-watering sum is out of touch with the current global economic situation.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of tonight's La Liga encounter against Malaga at La Rosaleda, Martino told reporters: "How I feel about Madrid signing Bale for about €100m [£86m]? He is an excellent player, but the fee that's being mentioned shows a lack of respect for the world we live in."
Barcelona enter tonight's encounter in high spirits following last weekend's 7-0 mauling of Levante and Wednesday evening's hard-fought 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at Vicente Calderon.
Real, meanwhile, are in action tomorrow night against Granada at Los Carmenes and will hope their pursuit of Bale is completed in time for him to feature in next Sunday's home clash against Athletic Bilbao.
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