Manolas’ €36 million Napoli move among most expensive for defenders

Manolas’ €36 million Napoli move among most expensive for defenders

Following the big money transfer of Kostas Manolas to Napoli, AGONAsport investigates the highest ever transfer fees for defenders.

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A strong, powerful and well-organised defence is the hallmark of many successful teams over the years – if you do not concede goals, you get results. Defending may not be the most glamorous aspect of football but it is vitally important, and just like their counterparts higher up the pitch, defenders are attracting sky high transfer fees in the modern football market.

Established Greek international Kostas Manolas has joined elite category as his sky high 36 million EUR transfer from Roma to Napoli ranks 21st on the all-time list. Napoli will be hoping Manolas forms a strong partnership in the heart of defence alongside Kalidou Koulibaly, who is also powerful, aggressive, strong in the air, great with the ball at his feet, and has a sound awareness of his position.

While Aaron Wan-Bissaka has attracted the limelight so far during this summer transfer window, courtesy of his mammoth 50 million GBP move from Crystal Palace to Manchester United, Manolas’ move is the twelfth biggest move this summer.

Predictably, Dutch colossal Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool sits first on the list for defenders. Here is the list of the all-time highest fees for defenders – centre backs and fullbacks.

Virgil van Dijk: Liverpool (from Southampton) – 84.5 million EUR

Lucas Hernandez: Bayern Munich (from Atletico Madrid) – 80 million EUR

Aymeric Laporte: Manchester City (from Athletic Bilbao) – 65.2 million EUR

Benjamin Mendy: Manchester City (from Monaco) – 57.5 million EUR

Kyle Walker: Manchester City (from Tottenham) – 57 million EUR

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: Manchester United (from Crystal Palace) – 55.7 million EUR

John Stones: Manchester City (from Everton) – 55.6 million EUR

David Luiz: Paris Saint-Germain (from Chelsea) – 49.5 million EUR

Ferland Mendy: Real Madrid (from Lyon) – 48 million EUR

Eder Militao: Real Madrid (from Porto) – 46.8 million EUR

Rio Ferdinand: Manchester United (from Leeds) – 46 million EUR

Nicolas Otamendi: Manchester City (from Valencia) – 44.6 million EUR

Thiago Silva: Paris Saint-Germain (from AC Milan) – 42 million EUR

Lilian Thuram: Juventus (from Parma) – 41.5 million EUR

Shkodran Mustafi: Arsenal (from Valencia) – 41 million EUR

Davinson Sanchez: Tottenham (from Ajax) – 40.8 million EUR

Joao Cancelo: Juventus (from Valencia) – 40.4 million EUR

Leonardo Bonucci: AC Milan (from Juventus) – 40 million EUR

Luke Shaw: Manchester United (from Southampton) – 37.5 million EUR

Thilo Kehrer: Paris Saint-Germain (from Schalke) – 37 million EUR



by Nick Tsambouniaris

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