Martino feels that Real Madrid are showing “a lack of respect” by paying £86 million for a player in difficult economic times.
Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino has slammed Real Madrid’s move for Tottenham star Gareth Bale, claiming that paying £86 million for a player shows “a lack of respect for the world we live in”, Sky Sports reports.
Madrid are expected to complete the signing of Bale within the next few days for what could be a world record £86 million.
Martino thinks that Madrid are wrong to pay so much for a player as it sends out the wrong message during a time of economic crisis for most people.
“How I feel about Madrid signing Bale for about €100m? He is an excellent player, but the fee that’s being mentioned shows a lack of respect for the world we live in,” Martino said at a press conference.
If the Bale deal does go through, Madrid will break the world record they set in 2009 when they paid Manchester United £80 million for Cristano Ronaldo.
Madrid could end up paying more than £86 million for Bale, with Tottenham demanding a huge sum of money for their one star player.
Whatever Madrid do pay, the transfer looks almost certain to go through before the transfer window closes, with Bale himself desperate to move to the Spanish giants.