Man Utd recently sent scouts to watch over Porto duo Bruno Martins Indi and Ruben Neves, according to reports. Daily Mail reports that United scout was present in the stands during Porto’s 1-0 win over Maritimo on Saturday.
The report claims that Red Devils could launch transfer swoops for both of the players in the last week of the January transfer window.
Martins Indi, who can play at left or centre of the defence, has previously played with United manager Louis Van Gaal for the Dutch national team.
He has been previously linked with a move to Man Utd, but a move failed to materialize back then. United are currently short of bodies at full-back positions due to injuries, and the arrival of Martins Indi could bolster Van Gaal’s defensive options.
“Only [Matteo] Darmian is fit, so I need full-backs,” he said before the Southampton game. “The difficulty is that we ask for a certain level, and we are looking, but it is not so easy.
“You have seen how I have used youngsters like [Cameron] Borthwick-Jackson and [Guillermo] Varela, who are doing great, but the level of Manchester United is high.”
United were dealt further set back after Matteo Darmian had to leave the pitch due to an injury during the 1-0 defeat to Southampton.
The 18-year old Ruben Neves is an in-demand youth prospect in world football. The youngster plays in central midfield and has already made his debut for the Portuguese national team.
Back in 2014, he also became the youngest Portuguese to appear in the continental competition.