Manchester United must fight off Porto for target Bruno Martins Indi

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Manchester United may have to move quickly if they want to sign transfer target Bruno Martins Indi, as reports coming out of the Netherlands suggest negotiations with a rival European club over his signature are imminent.

Martins Indi is a favourite with incoming Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who will take up the Old Trafford hot seat once he has completed his duties as the Netherlands boss at the 2014 World Cup.

A promising young defender

Van Gaal took Martins Indi with him to Brazil in the Holland squad and the 22-year-old is usually one of the first choice centre-backs in his starting XI. As the Feyenoord youngster is so favoured at international level, it was no surprise that reports emerged last month, once Van Gaal was confirmed as the man to replace the sacked David Moyes, claiming the he wanted to take the defender with him to the Premier League giants after the World Cup.

However, any planned move for him is likely to become far more complicated now as, according to Dutch publication Voetbal International, Porto have also made it clear they have an interest in him and are ready to talk about a deal as soon as possible.

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Manchester United should be more than capable of outbidding the Portuguese giants, but the lure of greater chances of first team football could play a part in any decision. Van Gaal needs to recruit defenders after Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic were both released, but Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are seen by many as their successors at the heart of the defence and Martins Indi's adaptation period would see him struggle to play regularly.

No pressure to sell

The report says his contract does not expire until the summer of 2016, so Feyenoord are under no pressure to sell him this summer, but may be hoping an impressive showing for Oranje at the World Cup can help to boost his price tag.

However, he will miss the Netherlands next game, against Chile to decide who tops Group B, after he suffered mild concussion from a late challenge by Australia's Tim Cahill in the 3-2 win over the Socceroos, which left him momentarily unconscious.

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