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A look at the world’s most expensive defenders following Maguire’s United move

The England centre-half’s transfer fee eclipses the previous record of £75million Liverpool paid for Virgil Van Dijk.

England centre-half Harry Maguire has become the most expensive defender in the world by joining Manchester United (Mike Egerton/PA)
England centre-half Harry Maguire has become the most expensive defender in the world by joining Manchester United (Mike Egerton/PA)

Harry Maguire has become football’s most expensive defender after completing his £80million move from Leicester to Manchester United.

Here, PA looks at the other top deals for defenders which Maguire’s move to Old Trafford has eclipsed.

Virgil Van Dijk – £75million, Southampton to Liverpool (January 1, 2018)

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Virgil Van Dijk played a huge part in Liverpool becoming European champions in June (Mike Egerton/PA)

Eyebrows were raised when Liverpool paid Southampton a world-record £75m fee for the Holland centre-half’s services. But Van Dijk has proved an enormous success, helping Liverpool reach two Champions League finals, the latter resulting in a 2-0 victory over Tottenham.

Lucas Hernandez – £68million, Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich (July 1, 2019)

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France World Cup winner Lucas Hernandez joined Bayern Munich from Atletico Madrid this summer (Owen Humphreys/PA)

The Marseille-born France international moved to Spain at the age of four and joined Atletico Madrid’s junior set-up seven years later. Hernandez became a World Cup winner in 2018 and he made over 100 appearances for Atletico before Bayern announced in March 2019 that he would be joining them this summer.

Matthijs De Ligt – £67.5million, Ajax to Juventus (July 18, 2019)

The Dutchman joined the Ajax youth academy at the age of nine. He made his Ajax and Holland debut aged 17, quickly making the move from a deep-lying midfielder to a centre-back. De Ligt played over 100 games and captained a young Ajax side into the semi-finals of the Champions League before joining Juventus a month before his 20th birthday.

Aymeric Laporte – £57million, Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City (January 30, 2018)

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Aymeric Laporte has piled up the medals during his time at Manchester City (Adam Davy/PA)

The French centre-half has Basque heritage and joined Athletic Bilbao at the age of 16. Also able to play left-back, Laporte made 220 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 winner’s medals, but continues to be overlooked by France.

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