In mid-July, at a meeting between Florentino Perez, Jose Angel Sanchez, Dmitri Rybolovlev and Vadim Vasilyev, president and vice-president of Monaco, the Ligue 1 team established a starting point of 190 million euros to negotiate the sale of their promising star.
Juventus pulled off a monster coup signing Higuain from Napoli in the summer of 2016. However, this time around he proved a hit - playing a role in the Blues' promotion to the Premier League.
A number of sources, including the Liverpool Echo, are reporting that Liverpool's Alberto Moreno is on his way out - with Watford lining up a possible £15m deal for the full-back.
However, the main reason why Madrid has not intensified the negotiation has been not so much because of the economic demands of Monaco, as the sporting guidelines of Zidane.
Mourinho, meanwhile, is said to picture Bale as the great figure in his Old Trafford project.
After emerging as one of the world's best central midfielders, Pogba returned to the club that let him go for free just four years earlier.
Bale has struggled with fitness issues in the past two seasons, and Zidane would sometimes play Isco over him even when he was available.
Bale's injury problems mean that he is the chosen one.
He has doubts about having enough minutes if he has to compete with a full BBC complement, but his preference is clearly to join Real Madrid - he's had a verbal agreement with the club for weeks.
That would leave Manchester United in a strong position to negotiate with Madrid.
The 24-year-old Belgian was the crown jewel of United's summer spending and will look to lead the front line as the new No. 9.