Real Zaragoza intend to make a January bid for Manchester United defender Gerard Pique.

Zaragoza failed to land Pique during the summer market after marathon talks with United, but are counting on the young Spaniard becoming increasingly unsettled in the coming months as he struggles to break-up the Rio Ferdinand-Nemanja Vidic central defensive partnership at Old Trafford.

Pique still has three years left on his existing United deal and is rated highly by manager Sir Alex Ferguson.