Monaco know this as well, and are looking to squeeze more money out of Real, even as the deal has looked fairly close already.
One of the reasons Madrid were not thought to be favourites for the 18-year old was the competition for the three forward places but now Zinedine Zidane has accepted this and has chosen Bale as the player to go then things could start to happen very soon. Los Blancos have now stepped up their pursuit of the player following the departure of Alvaro Morata last week. That said, trolling Spurs by signing Bale - in addition to the upgrades he could provide in our attack - would be pretty hilarious.
Going back to the Marca article, the Spanish newspaper explain that although negotiations between Real Madrid and Monaco have slowed down regarding Mbappé, the La Liga champions are quietly optimistic they can get the transfer over the line.
The Red Devils have been incessantly linked with Bale since he moved to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in 2013 and would be among the most likely suitors were the Welsh winger to become available at any point. The question is, how will Mourinho line up with Bale?
Of course, one must take into account the player's desires, and if the 28-year-old didn't seem ready to make an exit easy, wanting to conquer the world in his beloved white shirt, that has now changed.
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As for their main rivals, Barcelona, their number one target appears to be Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembélé, and it's more Monaco who would want the La Liga runners-up to join the battle for their starlet, putting them in a position of power.