Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has suggested the club are being quoted extortionate prices for Spanish players because of their big spending this summer.
Los Blancos have been publicly admiring Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso and have declared themselves interested in buying the player.
Reds manager Rafael Benitez is, of course, reluctant to sell one of his most influential stars, leading Perez to state his belief that the fee needed to dislodge Spaniards from their clubs has been grossly inflated.
"We made huge attempts at the start to sign players who had won the Ballon d'Or or the World Footballer of the Year award," Perez said, according to The Daily Telegraph.
"But the arrivals of Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo have confused some people who obviously thought that, because we said we wanted more Spanish players, they could ask for fees which don't correspond to reality.
"A year ago, certain players we have asked about would have cost less than half the price we are being quoted now. There is nothing that justifies these prices."
Perez added that such valuations may force Los Merengues to look within their current ranks, stating, "If necessary, we will find the Spanish players we would like for the squad in our youth system."
Liverpool boss Benitez has recently stated Alonso must decide if he wants to stay at Anfield, pointing to the support he currently receives from the club's fans as a reason not to leave.
Jamie Dunn, Goal.com