Barcelona quiet on Bale link

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has stated that he is unsure whether his club are interested in signing Tottenham winger Gareth Bale, and fears that the Premier League club’s asking price would stall any potential deal.

The Wales winger has been a revelation over the last 12 months, and excellent performances domestically and in the Champions League led the wideman to win the PFA Player of the Year award last season.

Reports in the press have linked the Catalan giants with a move for Bale, who allegedly feel that the Spurs man would provide an excellent attacking option at left back.

Despite this, the European champions’ executive has refused to state an interest in the former Southampton starlet.

“I do not know if Bale interests us,” Rosell told Al Jazeera.

“If he 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,” he concluded.

Bale is currently in contract at White Hart Lane until June 2015, after putting pen to paper on a new deal back in March.

By Gareth McKnight