Manchester United are keeping tabs on Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi and are hopeful of beating Bayern Munich and Barcelona to his signature, according to the Daily Star.
Mustafi, who was part of Germany’s World Cup winning squad last year, has impressed in Spain since joining Valencia in 2014.
Man United reportedly made a move for the former Everton player this summer but Valencia dismissed the approach as they didn’t want to lose their star man.
Bayern manager Pep Guardiola is said to be the frontrunner for Mustafi’s signature and the German club will formalise their interest in the New Year.
Mustafi has a buyout clause of £37m but Valencia will listen to offers of around £22m.
Daley Blind and Chris Smalling have established a solid partnership at the heart of defence for United this season and Phil Jones is making his comeback from injury. Van Gaal may be keeping an eye on Mustafi but it appears he only wants a world-class defender, as his pursuit of Sergio Ramos this summer showed.