Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino is critical of the record-breaking transfer fee Real Madrid are reportedly poised to spend on Gareth Bale. Madrid look set to smash the £80million they paid to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 to bring Bale to the Bernabeu, with reports suggesting the transfer could cost around £93million. Martino, who took charge of Primera Division champions Barcelona this summer, believes those figures for the 24-year-old Wales international show a “lack of respect” bearing in mind the global financial situation. “He’s a very good player, but the numbers seem to me almost a lack of respect for the world in general,” said the Argentinian when asked his thoughts on the subject at a pre-match press conference ahead of Barca’s trip to Malaga on Sunday. Press Association
David Marnane is the most well represented Tipperary trainer at the County Louth track.The Bansha man sends Almadaa in the opener; Sassy But Classy goes in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at 6:45, while He’s Got Rhythm will line up alongside David Wachman’s Right First in the 8:15.Meanwhile, Aidan O’ Brien has a pair of entries – he saddles up Echoes of My Mind in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden which goes to post at 7:15, while The Islander will compete in the 8:45. And Andrew Slattery will also be watching over two entries – Merry Mast in the 7:45 and Sharjah, who will be among the field in the Floodlit Friday Night’s Handicap, which goes to post at 9:15.