Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes any club would be "foolish" to spend €100m on Tottenham Hotspur talisman Gareth Bale.
The Welshman remains high on Real Madrid's transfer wish list after a remarkable campaign for Spurs last season, having recently been encouraged by Real's director of football Zinedine Zidane to ask for a move.
Los Blancos, or any other club looking to sign the 23-year-old, would be expected to pay a staggering fee for the former Southampton starlet, one that could match or potentially topple the £80m Real paid for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.
But former Arsenal star Fabregas isn't convinced spending that much money on the Bale would represent good business.
"For me, spending £100m on Gareth Bale is foolish, I don't know how any club could spend that amount of money in these circumstances," Fabregas told Movistar, ITV Sport report.
"He is a great player with all the right attributes, but we will have to see if Madrid sign him and if he can perform there."
Barcelona themselves have already flexed their financial muscles this summer, beating their Spanish rivals to the signature of Brazilian superstar Neymar who has joined the club for €57m.
Real are yet to delve into the transfer market, but are seemingly the preferred choice of Napoli's Edinson Cavani. His compatriot Luis Suarez has also identified the La Liga runners up as a possible destination this summer after announcing his intention to leave Liverpool.
While Barcelona have secured one of the most sought after names in world football, a number of their players have been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp, including 26-year-old Fabregas.
The former Gunner, who provided a sumptuous performance for Spain in their 2-1 win over Uruguay in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, was linked with a return to Arsenal or an extraordinary move to Manchester United.
The Spaniard however has no intention of leaving his boyhood club for a second time, reiterating his desire to continue succeeding with the Catalan giants.
"People talk a lot but the truth is that no one has spoken with me," Fabregas continued.
"I want to triumph in Barcelona, that club is my home and I always dreamed of playing there, so I will try and succeed there as long as I can."