Liverpool on Wednesday broke the transfer record for defenders by coughing out £75m to secure the services of Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton. The figure is a world record fee for a defender and will see him move to Anfield after two and a half years at the St Mary's with the Saints.
Leonardo Bonucci is an Italian professional footballer who captains and plays as a centre-back for Serie A club AC Milan and the Italy national team.On 14 July 2017, Bonucci was signed by Milan on a five-year contract for a €42 million fee. 8. Thiago Silva (AC Milan to PSG (2012/13) for £37m)
Thiago Emiliano da Silva commonly known as Thiago
Nicolas Hernan Otamendi is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a central defender for English club Manchester City and the Argentina national team.On 20 August, he joined Manchester City on a five-year deal after refusing to train or play with Valencia late into the 2015 pre-season.6. Rio Ferdinand (Leeds United to Manchester United (2002/03) for £41m)
Rio Ferdinand is a retired English professional footballer who played as a centre back. He played 81 times for the England national football team between 1997 and 2011.On 22 July 2002, Ferdinand joined fellow Premier League side Manchester United on a five-year deal to become the most expensive British footballer in history at the time and the world's most expensive defender for a second time, a title he had lost in 2001 to Lilian Thuram.5. David Luiz (Chelsea to PSG (2014/15) for £43m)
David Luiz is a Brazilian professional footballer who plays for English club Chelsea and the Brazil national team. Primarily a central defender who can also be deployed as a defensive midfielder.In June 2014, he transferred to Paris Saint-Germain for a fee of 49.5m euros, a world record transfer for a defender and won all four domestic competitions in both of his seasons in French football. He returned to Chelsea in August 2016 in a £30 million transfer deal.4. John Stones (Everton to Manchester City (2016/17) for £49.7m)
John Stones is an English professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Manchester City and the English national team. Mainly a
Kyle Andrew Walker is an English professional footballer who plays as a right back for Premier League club Manchester City and the English national team.On 14 July 2017, Walker signed a five-year contract with Tottenham's Premier League rivals Manchester City, in a
Benjamin Mendy is a French professional footballer who plays as a left back for Premier League club Manchester City and the France national team. On 24 July 2017, it was announced that Premier League side Manchester City had signed Mendy on a five-year contract, for a fee reported to be £52m. The transfer fee eclipsed the previous record for a defender, set 10 days prior
Virgil van Dijk is a Dutch professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Premier League club Southampton and the Netherlands national team.On 27 December 2017, it was announced that Van Dijk would join Liverpool when the winter transfer window opens on 1 January 2018 for a fee of £75 million.