But Real Madrid have won the race for the Brazilian and are happy with the deal. His debut came against Moreirense in the League and he got his name on the scoresheet for the first time against Schalke in the Champions League.
Manchester United lose out to Real Madrid in the race to sign Porto centre-back Eder Militao, according to a report.
After undergoing medical testing overnight on Tuesday, Real Madrid confirmed the news on Thursday.
Militao will join a strong contingent of Brazilians at the club, with Marcelo, Casemiro and Vinicius Junior already in the first-team squad, while Rodrygo Goes is set to link up with them on a pre-arranged switch from Santos in June.
The Brazil global, who joined Porto from Sao Paulo in the summer, will join up with his new team-mates at the start of next season.More news: Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman charged in wild college admissions cheating scheme
"A multi-purpose player, Militao plays central, although he has also occupied the right-back position".
He has scored three goals and picked up two assists in 34 appearances for the Portuguese side, with his displays catching the eye of Madrid.
"He has been named the best defender in the league for the last five months in a row".
"In addition, it has a good aerial game".
Although naturally a centre-back, he has the technical ability necessary to also be successful at right-back and at defensive-midfield.