Boss Andre Villas-Boas is desperate to avoid a repeat of the transfer market mistakes that have cost them in the past.
So it is no surprise he wants Bale’s future resolved sooner rather than later.
Spurs could strike an incredible deal worth anything between £80m and £100m by selling their prized asset to Madrid.
It would be a world record transfer done with huge reluctance from the key men at White Hart Lane.
And chairman Daniel Levy won’t enjoy being bullied into selling another star name by one of the big boys, even if he banks mega money again.
But doing so might be for the best, especially if it is done quickly.
Spurs have earned an unwanted reputation for leaving things to the last minute when it comes to transfer dealings, both in and out – but the Londoners also know only too well how dangerous dithering can be.
Last year they stood their ground over Luka Modric before finally caving in and selling the Croatian playmaker to Madrid on August 27.
They pocketed a huge £33m from the deal but had next to no time to spend it on a suitable replacement.
The hangover was even worse following Berbatov’s messy exit, as Spurs made their worst-ever start to a season by picking up just two points in their first eight games.
Harry Redknapp replaced the hapless Juande Ramos in October, with Spurs bottom of the table.
And after their nightmare start, Redknapp’s task was nothing more than a rescue act as he hauled the club eventually up to eighth.
Ex-Chelsea boss Villas-Boas, who is on the verge of landing Valencia’s £26m hitman Roberto Soldado, has much bigger ambitions for Spurs.
They are already behind their big rivals, battling to force their way into the top four, and could do without being held back by another protracted transfer saga.
Villas-Boas wants to hit the ground running, and is already preparing for the worst by making contingency plans to cover Bale’s possible exit.
PSG’s attacking midfielder Javier Pastore is one name on his wish list, as revealed in Starsport yesterday.
Madrid duo Angel Di Maria and Fabio Coentrao could also help soften the blow of Bale’s departure if they are offered as sweeteners.
And ex-Spurs defender John Scales reckons Bale’s departure might be for the best.
He said: “It’s not all doom and gloom, because it’s pretty clear they (Real) have made a world record bid – or are preparing to.
“Selling Bale for a fee like that gives Andre Villas-Boas a chance to spend and strengthen – so you could be looking at four or five great additions.”