As we told you here first, Tottenham have long since accepted that Welsh wizard Gareth Bale has played his last game for the club.
The deal to sell him to Real Madrid is all but complete. Now they're just trying to spend the money before the transfer window slams shut on Sept 2.
Almost £60m (S$120m) has already been spent on Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue. Another £60m is about to go on Willian and Erik Lamela. Tottenham aren't messing around this summer.
With a decisiveness that will be envied in other parts of North London, they're building a team more than capable of challenging for a Champions League place, and perhaps of doing even more than that.
It had been hoped that Bale could be convinced to stay and, given that he had never publicly agitated for a move before, it seemed plausible that he could be talked out of the move.
But Bale's heart is set on this transfer and he has no intention of staying. As soon as that became clear, Tottenham made up their mind to make the best of the situation.
This was political expediency of the most emphatic kind.
There are still those who believe that directors of football are unnecessary additions to the power structure, but this episode has surely proved their value to all but the most stubborn critic.