Van Gaal sets sights on Blues target.
Manchester United are keen to beat Chelsea to the signing of Real Madrid youngster Raphael Varane in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star.
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The French international is one of the most highly rated young centre-backs in Europe at the moment, having become a regular for Real and France in the last few years.
However, he has slipped down in the pecking order at the Bernabeu this season, with Carlo Ancelotti preferring the experienced pairing of Pepe and Sergio Ramos in defence.
This could see Varane leave Real this January, with United now hoping to pounce as Louis van Gaal continues to seek improvements to his back four.