Rosell plays down Barcelona move for Bale

Barcelona President Sandro Rosell yesterday appeared to rule out a move for Tottenham’s Welsh winger Gareth Bale, claiming the Catalan giants would be priced out of any transfer if they were to declare an interest.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, he said, “I do not know if Bale interests us; if I did, I would not say, because his price would go up. [Tottenham] would not ask for €40 million, but €50 million. In any case, if we wanted him, we would never pay €40 million [£33.2 million] for him.”

Barcelona had been linked with a £35 million deal for the 22-year-old by the Daily Mail, with rumours their chief scout was sent to watch the match between Fulham and Spurs.

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