Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino has hit out at Real Madrid over the reported €100 million transfer fee they are set to pay Tottenham Hotspur for Gareth Bale.

The Santiago Bernabeu side are expected to complete the signing of the Welshman for a world record fee imminently and Martino feels shelling out such an amount of money for one player is a wrong signal in times of economic crisis.

"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.