Defenders usually are not players that command a lot of transfer fee, but that has changed over the last few years. Teams are spending big on defenders to ensure that they do not concede too many goals and their chances of winning the game increase.

The top teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United have now started investing heavily on their defence, following the lead of teams like Liverpool and Manchester City.

Here are the ten most expensive defenders in football:

10. Ferland Mendy – €48 Million


Over the last two years, Ferland Mendy made a name for himself at Lyon playing at left-back. His performances last season attracted the attention of Real Madrid, and he was one of the first players the club signed as soon as the transfer window opened. 

The Frenchman cost the Spanish club a cool €48 million, making him the tenth most expensive defender. 

9. David Luiz – €49.5 Million


David Luiz may not have had the most effective time during his first stint at Chelsea, but Paris Saint-Germain were impressed enough with his performances to buy him for €49.5 million when they were revamping the squad in their attempt to win the Champions League. 

However, that did not work out and he returned to the Blues in the summer of 2016, where he has again established himself as a good defender.

8. Eder Militao – €50 Million


Another defender that Real Madrid signed for the upcoming season was Eder Militao, in a deal that cost the Spanish team €50 million. The former Porto defender will play primarily as a central defender but is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. 

He may still be just 21 years old, but it is more than likely that he will play a big part in the season ahead for Los Blancos as they look to get back to winning titles after a season of disappointment.

7. Kyle Walker – €52.7 Million

Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker was at Tottenham Hotspur for nearly a decade but he was keen to move to Manchester City when Pep Guardiola came calling. 

The two-time Premier League champions spent a massive €52.7 million on the right-back then, and the cost was justified as his signing happened in the summer after he was named in the PFA Team of the Year for 2017. 

He did not win any trophies with Spurs but has won back-to-back league titles with City. Walker also won the domestic treble with the Sky Blues this past summer. 

6. Aaron Wan-Bissaka – €55 Million

Aaron Wan-Bissaka,Bernard

Aaron Wan-Bissaka might still be only 21 and has gained only full season of experience playing in the first-team, but his performances have been so good that Manchester United had to fork out €55 million to sign him.


It remains to be seen whether Wan-Bissaka can replicate the same level of performances and help the Old Trafford team get back into the top four as they resume their journey to reach the top again. 

5. John Stones – €55.6 Million

Riyad Mahrez,John Stones

Manchester City spent €55.6 million on John Stones in the summer of 2016, specifically because it was coach Pep Guardiola’s decision to sign him, mainly because of his skill with the ball at his feet. 

Although he started slow, the Englishman has ensured that the faith placed in him by the Spaniard was not misplaced. He has won multiple trophies in the short time he has been with the club but has to take the first-team spot only based on merit.

4. Benjamin Mendy – €57.5 Million

Aymeric Laporte

In the same season they signed John Stones, Manchester City also spent big on bringing French international Benjamin Mendy to the team. The Sky Blues from Manchester had to pay €57.5 million euros to Monaco to bring Mendy to England. 

Unfortunately for the Frenchman, injuries have curtailed the time he has spent on the pitch for the club and it remains to be seen if he still retains Guardiola’s confidence.

3. Aymeric Laporte – €65.5 Million


Yet another defender that Manchester City chose to spend a lot of money on is Aymeric Laporte. The club paid €65.5 million to Athletic Bilbao to bring him to Manchester in January last season. 

Laporte played an important role in helping the team complete the domestic treble and was part of the PFA Team of the Year for 2019. 

2. Lucas Hernandez – €80 Million


Bayern Munich managed to sneak past Borussia Dortmund to retain the Bundesliga title and during the season itself, started working on ensuring they strengthen their team for the new campaign.

Committing to that endeavour, they paid a club record fee of €80 million to bring Lucas Hernandez to Germany, and he will be part of the Bavarian team in the new season. 

1. Virgil van Dijk – €84.65 Million


Virgil van Dijk was signed by Liverpool for a world record fee of €84.65 million in the January 2018, and the Dutchman has already paid back the money with his performances. 

He was the standout player of last season and won the PFA Player of the Year award as well.  Van Dijk helped the Reds win their sixth Champions League title in the 2018/19 season, after having come agonisingly close to winning last season’s final as well. 

 Here are the ten most expensive defenders in football. 


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