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Bruno Martins Indi signs for Porto

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Manchester United's transfer plans have been dealt a blow after Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi signed for Portuguese giants Porto.

Martins Indi completed a €7.7million switch to Portugal, which has seen him sign a four-year contract that includes a €40million buy-out clause.

The move ends talk of him linking up with former Netherlands boss Louis Van Gaal, who has left his role with Oranje to take over at Manchester United.

Rise to prominence

Despite being born in Portugal, the 22-year-old has spent his entire career in Holland, having moved their with his parents when he was just three months old.

Coming through the youth ranks at Feyenoord he made his professional debut as an 18-year-old in 2010 and hasn't looked back since.

The versatile defender, who can play in the centre of defence or at left-back has gone on to make over 100 league appearances for the club and his form earned him a call-up to Van Gaal's Dutch squad in in 2012.

World Cup recognition

He's gone on to make 22 appearances for the national team, including six at this summer's World Cup where earned notoriety for his facial expressions as much as his impressive defensive performances.

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Linking up with Julen Lopetegui's Porto side presents Martins Indi with a chance to return to his native Portugal, and that's something he admitted he was keen to do earlier in the month.

"(Porto) would be a very good step for me. They have a good coach  with a lot of faith in me," he said.

"Portugal is in my heart. Everything fits nicely because Porto is a club that pleases me."

Now the deal has been completed Martins Indi says the time was right for him to take on a new challenge, but that it was important the deal was right for Feyenoord.

The defender said: "It feels the right moment to leave. I have played more than 100
games for Feyenoord and now have a World Cup behind my name.

"I always said that if I made the next move in my career it must benefit both me and the club. My departure is a good financial deal for Feyenoord, while I get a new challenge in Portugal."

Mangala replacement?

Martins Indi's arrival in northern Portugal is likely to increase the likelihood of another young defender, Eliaquim Mangala, completing a move away from the Primeira Liga side.

The Frenchman is expected to complete a move to Premier League champions Manchester City in a big-money deal.

Mangala and Martins Indi are similar in stature and the Dutchman's impressive World Cup performances suggest he'll be able fill the void left by Mangala with ease.

Porto rebuild

Having won three league titles in a row, Porto were left stunned last season when Benfica stole their crown and Sporting Lisbon pipped them to second place.

That prompted the club to appoint Lopetegui as manager and the former Spanish youth coach has moved quickly to improve his squad.

Martins Indi will join a host of new arrivals including Adrian Lopez, Oliver Torres and Daniel Opare in attempting to re-establish the club as Portugal's top team.

What next for the Red Devils?

As for Manchester United, they will now need to look elsewhere in the transfer window as Van Gaal looks to strengthen the former Premier League champions.

A host of Dutch internationals have been linked with moves to Old Trafford, but Martins Indi will not be among those making a move to the club.

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