Where Maguire ranks among 10 most expensive defenders of all time
Following Harry Maguire's £80m move to Manchester United, Ellis Reid looks at the top 10 most expensive defenders of all time.
10. Ferland Mendy
Lyon to Real Madrid - £47.1m
With first-choice left-back Marcelo getting older, Real Madrid went in search for a replacement for the Brazilian. This came in the form of French left-back Ferland Mendy. Having played over 50 games in a two-year spell at Lyon, his performances impressed fellow Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, earning him a move to the Madrid giants.
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9. Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Crystal Palace to Man United - £50m
After a breakthrough year at Palace, Wan-Bissaka turned into a very hot prospect and was on the radar of some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs including Manchester United. Wan-Bissaka made 42 appearances in the 2018/19 campaign, helping Palace keep 14 clean sheets. Wan-Bissaka also made the most tackles in the Premier League last season - 158.
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8. David Luiz
Chelsea to PSG - £50m
A successful three-year spell led to a big-money move to PSG for David Luiz. However, the Brazilian defender soon returned to Stamford Bridge on deadline day in 2016.
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7. Benjamin Mendy
Monaco to Man City - £52m
Injury-stricken Benjamin Mendy earned his move to City after his performances in Monaco’s 2016/17 title-winning season, but he has since struggled with injuries for City, making only 23 appearances in two seasons at the club.
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6. Kyle Walker
Tottenham to Man City - £53m
Consecutive good seasons at Spurs left City interested in the England right-back. City snapped up Walker in 2017 and has not looked back since, winning two Premier League titles in two seasons.
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5. Aymeric Laporte
Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City - £57m
In January 2018, City trigged the release clause of young French star Aymeric Laporte. Still uncapped for his country, Laporte has continued to impress boss Guardiola. The Frenchman has also won two league titles in two seasons with City.
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4. Matthijs de Ligt
Ajax to Juventus - £67.8m
Ajax’s youngest ever captain and ‘Golden Boy’ De Ligt moved to Juventus in July 2019 after leading Ajax to a domestic league and cup double, as well as steering them to the Champions League semi-final.
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3. Lucas Hernandez
Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich - £68m
Academy product Lucas Hernandez enjoyed 12 years at Atletico after joining in 2007 aged 11. Eventually the Frenchman progressed into the first team, making 110 appearances. However, Bayern have now snapped up the young player, making him the second-most expensive defender of all time.
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2. Virgil van Dijk
Southampton to Liverpool - £76m
Now one of the world’s best, Virgil van Dijk led Liverpool to a Champions League final in 2018 before winning the competition the following year when beating Tottenham. Van Dijk also won the Premier League Player of the Season after Liverpool finished the 2018/19 campaign with 97 points. He is also favourite to win the Ballon d'Or ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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1. Harry Maguire
Leicester to Man United - £80m
Manchester United signed Leicester City's England centre back Harry Maguire on a six-year contract in August 2018. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed but the transfer fee was believed to be in the region of £80million, making Maguire the most expensive defender in the world. The transfer capped quite a rise for the defender, who joined Leicester from Hull City in 2017 for £15m and went on to make 76 appearances for the club.
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