Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has cooled rumours regarding a multi-million move for Tottenham left winger Gareth Bale.
Though reports in Span last week had hinted that the Catalan giants would step up their pursuit of the precocious Welshman after sending a scout to watch him during Spurs’ 3-1 win over Fulham, Rosell implied that his side could be priced out of contention.
"I do not know if Bale interests us," he told Al Jazeera. "If I did, I would not say, because his price would go up. [Tottenham] would not ask for €40million [£33.2m], but €50m [£42.8m].
"In any case, even if we wanted him, we would never pay €40m for him."
The reluctance of Eric Abidal to sign a new contract with the European champions has been earmarked the main reason behind Barcelona’s interest.
However, having followed up his superb club form with another goalscoring display at the weekend during Wales’ 4-1 dismantling of Norway, Bale is quickly justifying his status as one of Europe’s most sought-after players.
Having burst into the spotlight at the start of last season, scoring a hat-trick against Inter Milan in the Champions League, the 22 year-old has earned a hefty price tag of around €50 million.