The transfer rumbling still goes on as clubs continue to sign players to strengthen their teams. One thing is for sure, the market has gone crazy as players are now being sold for unimaginable amounts.
Just this week, we got two record deals confirmed with John Stones, becoming the most expensive defender in history following his £49m move to Manchester city while Paul Pogba, became the most expensive player in history after completing an £89.5m move to Manchester United.
In this article, with reference to John Stones, we look at the eight most expensive defenders in history;
Bailly, completed his transfer from Villarreal CF this summer. He signed on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years. Bailly, 22, made 47 appearances for Villarreal since joining on 29 January, 2015. The Ivory Coast central defender has made 15 appearances for his country and was part of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations-winning team, having appeared in all six matches during the competition.
Bayern Munich, officially announced the signing of Borussia Dortmund’ captain, Mats Hummels, to a five-year deal earlier in July. Dortmund and Bayern confirmed the news two weeks before the final league match of the season. The centre-back’s contract was due to expire in 2017. He eventually passed his medical and joined up with the Bayern squad early this month.
Bayern Munich, completed the $50m signing of Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez, from Athletic Bilbao, in 2012. Martinez, part of the victorious Spain squad at the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship, had a $50m release fee in his Bilbao contract, but was required to pay the amount himself, which created huge tax liabilities for the player and complications for the German club.
Manchester City have completed the signing of Nicolas Otamendi on a five-year deal from Valencia. Otamendi, 27, was also linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid but chose to move to the Premier League for a £32m fee last year. He has gone on to be a vital member of Manchester city squad since his arrival.
Manchester City signed defender Eliaquim Mangala from Porto in 2014 for a fee understood to be about £32.5m. The 23-year-old Frenchman came close to joining City in January and was inadvertently pictured in a ‘signing’ video on the club’s website in 2014. Mangala, signed a five-year deal but looks set to leave this summer after being told he won’t be a vital part of Pep Guardiola’s squad.
The negotiations to bring Silva to Paris Saint-Germain took place at the end of the 2011–12 season. The saga took over a month to complete. On 11 June 2012, it was reported that Milan legend Paolo Maldini would convince Silva to join PSG in the summer. The negotiations to bring Silva to Paris Saint-Germain took place at the end of the 2011–12 season. The saga took over a month to complete. On 11 June 2012, it was reported that Milan legend, Paolo Maldini, would convince Silva to join PSG in the summer. The transfer fee was rumored to be around €42 million, which would have made Silva the most expensive defender in football history.
Manchester City signed John Stones from Everton for £47.5m, making him the world’s second most expensive defender.The 22-year-old England international signed a six-year deal and is City boss Pep Guardiola’s eighth signing. Stones was earlier named in City’s official Champions League squad, published on the UEFA website before the transfer was confirmed.
Paris Saint-Germain announced the signing of the Brazil defender David Luiz in July 2014 from Chelsea. PSG saw off interest from Barcelona to sign the former Benfica defender and it is believed that they have paid around £48m to complete the transfer. That figure could rise to more than £50m, eclipsing the £33m PSG paid for his Brazil central defensive partner Thiago Silva in 2011 – and making David Luiz, the most expensive defender in history.