Gone are the days where only forwards get signed for huge transfer fees. Bringing in marquee forwards was the only transfer that cost a lot, before Paul Pogba was signed to Manchester United in 2016.
Since that move to Manchester United for a club, and world record fee then, every aspect of playing position has seen their transfer fees surge upwards, with defenders, midfielders all seeing significant rise in transfer deals.
Well, let’s checkout five of the most expensive transfer fee paid for a defender by clubs.
5. Ruben Dias
The Portuguese international who was brought to the Etihad for a huge transfer fee occupies the fifth spot.
In a deal that saw Otamendi trade places with Ruben Dias at Benfica in 2019, when Manchester City paid 68 million Euros for the defender.
4. Matthijs De Ligt
The young defender who was one of Ajax best defender, and was captain of the team at a young age of 18 was instrumental in Ajax impressive run to the semifinals in the champions league in 2018/2019 season.
Juventus however, paid 75 million Euros to Ajax to sign the defender, and fend off other club sides who had wanted to sign the defender.
3. Lucas Hernandez
The France internationalfootballer who is the elder brother of Theo Hernandez, who plays for AC Milan is another defender to have being acquired for a huge transfer fee.
Signed by Bayern Munich for a club, and Bundesliga club record fee for 80 million Euros was the most expensive defender, any Bundesliga club had paid for.
2. Virgil Van Dijk
One of football’s best footballer who currently still plays, Van Dijk has being instrumental in Liverpool’s rise to European, and premiership glory, becoming a solid rock in the heart of Liverpool defense, but the defender didn’t come at a cheap rate.
Liverpool signed the defender from Southampton for a then club, and world record fee for 85 million Euros in 2018.
1. Harry Maguire
The most expensive defender in football’s history, and the second most expensive English transfer signing, after moving to Manchester United from Leicester City in 2019 in a deal that cost 87 million Euros.