Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes rivals Real Madrid would be ill-advised to sign Gareth Bale for £100 million.
The Tottenham star has been heavily linked with a move to the Spanish capital outfit following a season in which he established himself as one of the top players in the Premier League.
The winger made 44 appearances last term, scoring 26 goals and claiming several player of the year awards.
However, despite Bale’s rise to prominence in recent years, Fabregas, who spent eight years with Spurs’ local rivals Arsenal, does not think the Welshman is worth such a big outlay.
“Spending £100m on Bale is foolish,” he said.
“I don’t know how any club could spend that amount of money.
“He is a great player but we will have to see if Madrid sign him and if he can perform there.”
Speculation has been rife that Fabregas could leave the Camp Nou and return to English football.
However, the 26-year-old insisted that he is only focused on securing more success with Barcelona.
“People talk a lot but the truth is no one has spoken with me,” he added.
“I want to triumph in Barcelona. I dreamed of playing there, so I will try and succeed for as long as I can.”