After Zinedine Zidane told Manchester United yesterday that Welsh winger Gareth Bale was in no way for sale, as reported by the Daily Mirror, Louis van Gaal will have to look for alternative options to supplement his attack next season.
Without going as far south as Spain, there are a number of players in France that could add to the team what the Dutch coach is looking for, but for a fraction of the cost.
Here are three Ligue 1 alternatives to the Real Madrid forward:
Nabil Fekir: Olympique Lyonnais
One of the revelations of Ligue 1 in the 2014/15 campaign, with 12 goals and seven assists, he has become a hot property almost instantly.
He can play as the No. 10 playmaker, he can drift wide or he can play as part of the forward line. He is a player that gets you on your feet whenever he has the ball, and has the low centre of gravity and running power than would petrify Premier League defences.
Lucas Moura: Paris Saint-Germain
He nearly became a United player before he moved to PSG in the winter of 2013, per the Telegraph, but there is a slim chance he could be on the move this summer.
If PSG want to be able to rebuild their side, players may have to leave before big stars come in. If Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani do stay at the club, a forward like Lucas could be sold.
He is everything that United fans want from a forward. Lucas has pace, trickery and an instinct to create in the final third. Any money that was set aside to pay for Bale should be used to lure the 22-year-old to Old Trafford.
Yannick Ferreira Carrasco: AS Monaco
This young Belgian winger has blossomed in Ligue 1 this season, and with Monaco in Europe he has gained some much needed experience in the Champions League too.
Only two players in the league have contributed more assists than Ferreira Carrasco this season. His eight assists see him towards the top of the charts, but it is his slalom runs, skill on the ball and eye for goal that has seen him become one of the best in Ligue 1 this season.
Any bid of over £20 million would certainly give Monaco food for thought this summer.