Soccer-Bale price tag a lack of respect to world: Barca’s Martino (Reuters)

By Elena Gyldenkerne BARCELONA, Aug 24 (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s bid to land Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for a world record fee in the region of 100 million euros is out of place in the current economic climate, Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino said on Saturday. “Bale’s a very good player,” the Argentine told a news conference when asked about Real’s pursuit of the Welsh winger. “The numbers are lack of respect to the world in general.” Barca, Real’s arch-rivals, splashed 57 million euros on their major signing of the close season to date, Brazil forward Neymar. …

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