Former Leicester City and England defender, Harry Maguire is now the world’s most expensive defender after Manchester United paid a whopping £80 million ($97 million) to acquire his services.
However, over the years, there have been some expensive fees for some defenders and we bring you the five most expensive defenders of all times.
Harry Maguire – £80 million, Leicester to Manchester United (August 2019)
The England centre-back was top of Manchester United’s transfer window shopping list after their defensive woes last season and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally got him with a fee so huge that even big-spending Manchester City bowed out of the race to sign him.
Virgil van Dijk – £75 million, Southampton to Liverpool (January 2018)
Liverpool stumped up £75 million to get Van Dijk from Southampton for a then world-record fee for a defender in January 2018 and the Netherlands centre-half has proven to be a great buy and a huge success, helping Liverpool reach two Champions League finals. They won the second of those, against Tottenham, to be crowned European champions for a sixth time.
Lucas Hernandez – £68 million, Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich (July 2019)
The France international moved to Spain at the age of four and joined Atletico Madrid’s junior set-up. Hernandez became a World Cup winner in 2018 and made more than 100 appearances for Atletico before joining Bundesliga champions Bayern at the end of last season.
Matthijs De Ligt – £67.5 million Ajax to Juventus (July 2019)
The 19-year-old De Ligt made his Ajax and Netherlands debut aged 17, quickly making the switch from a deep-lying midfielder to centre-back. De Ligt played more than 100 games for Ajax and captained a youthful side to the semi-finals of the Champions League last season, beating the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus on the way. He joined the Italian champions a month before his 20th birthday.
Aymeric Laporte – £57 million, Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City (January 2018)
The French centre-half joined Athletic Bilbao at the age of 16. Also able to play left-back, Laporte made more than 200 appearances for Bilbao before Manchester City signed him for a then club-record fee in January 2018. He has since won two Premier League titles at City, as well as League Cup and FA Cup winners’ medals.