Harry Maguire tops list of 10 most expensive defenders in history

Harry Maguire tops list of 10 most expensive defenders in history

Harry Maguire's transfer to Manchester United made him the most expensive defender after completing an £80million move from Leicester City.

The England defender beat the record previously set by Virgil van Dijk when he joined Liverpool from Southampton for £75m in January 2018.

Eight of the top ten defenders in the world currently play in the Premier League and the other two feature in the Bundesliga and La Liga respectively.

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Here are the top ten most expensive defenders in the world

1. Harry Maguire - Leicester City to Manchester United, £80m, August 2019

The 25-year-old headlines the list of the costliest defenders following his much anticipated move away from the 2015 Premier League champions Leicester City.

2. Virgil van Dijk (75m), Sothampton to Liverpool, January 2018

Liverpool insistence on the Dutch defender made them squeeze a hefty price for the center-back in January 2018 and Van Dijk played a key role in their Champions League success last term.

3. Lucas Fernandez Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich, (£68m) July 2019

The World Cup winner with France caught the eye of Bundesliga giants, Bayern Munich and at age 23, Hernandez can play at topflight level for the next ten years.

4. Matthijs de Ligt - Ajax to Juventus, £67.5m, July 2019

The Netherlands international was the most sought after youngster in the transfer window and Champions League semi finalist with Ajax finally settled for Juventus.

5. Aymeric Laporte - Athletic Bilbao to Man City, £57m, January 2018

Pep Guardiola solved his defensive problems in the center-back role after the acquisition of the Frenchman who has been rated as one of the best defender in the world.

6. Kyle Walker - Tottenham to Manchester City, £53m, July 2017

Walker was heavily criticized for his move to the Manchester club but it has paid for him in his career after winning two consecutive league titles for the Etihad outfit.

7. Benjamin Mendy - Monaco to Manchester City, £52m, July 2017

Manchester City concentrated on investing on defenders after Guardiola's first season in charge and Mendy was one of the high-profile defenders signed from Ligue 1.

8. John Stones - Everton to Manchester City, £50m, August 2016

John Stones has shown great improvement under Guardiola since moving from Everton and he remains a key member in Gareth Southgate's England squad.

8. David Luiz - Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain, £50m, June 2014

The Brazilian became the most expensive defender as at 2014, following a summer move from Chelsea and he still remains relevant in the heart of Frank Lampard's defence.

8. Aaron Wan-Bissaka - Crystal Palace to Manchester United, £50m, July 2019

Wan-Bissaka's defensive record for Crystal Palace last season was not overlooked by Man United and the youngster is set to begin another chapter in his career with the Premier League club.

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Meanwhile, it was earlier reported that Manchester United have unveiled Harry Maguire as their new signing following his £80million move from Leicester City.

The 25-year-old have now beaten the £75m Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk from Southampton after completing a world record fee to become the most expensive defender.

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