Marc Cucurella set to become the SEVENTH most expensive defender of all-time in £62m Chelsea move

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REVEALED: Marc Cucurella – who cost Brighton just £15m only a year ago – will become the seventh most expensive defender in HISTORY when he seals his huge £62MILLION move to Chelsea

  • Marc Cucurella completed a Chelsea medical on Thursday ahead of his switch
  • A £62m deal will see the Spaniard rank as one of the most expensive defenders
  • Manchester United’s Harry Maguire remains the most expensive of all-time at £80m
  • Virgil van Dijk is second, while Matthijs de Ligt features twice in the top 10

Marc Cucurella’s impending £62 million move to Chelsea will make him the seventh most expensive defender of all time.

The Brighton defender completed a medical with the Blues on Thursday, having handed in a transfer request on the south coast in light of interest from Manchester City.

Chelsea will pay an initial fee of £55 million for Cucurella, plus a potential £7 million in bonuses.

Marc Cucurella is set to become the seventh most expensive defender of all time at £62 million

Marc Cucurella is set to become the seventh most expensive defender of all time at £62 million

Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire remains the most expensive defender at £80million

Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire remains the most expensive defender at £80million

Top 10 most expensive defenders of all time

Harry Maguire (Leicester to Manchester United) – £80m

Virgil van Dijk (Southampton to Liverpool) – £75m

Matthijs de Ligt (Juventus to Bayern Munich) – £68m

Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid to Bayern Munich) – £68m

Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax to Juventus) – £67.5m

Ruben Dias (Benfica to Manchester City) – £65m

Aymeric Laporte (Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City) – £57m

Lisandro Martinez (Ajax to Manchester United) – £55m

Ben White (Brighton to Arsenal) – £50m

John Stones (Everton to Manchester City) – £47.5m

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Only six defenders in football history have ever cost more, while it means that Brighton will earn a significant profit after spending just £15 million on the Spaniard when he moved from Getafe only a year ago.

Harry Maguire remains the most expensive defender of all-time following his £80 million move from Leicester to Manchester United in 2019.

The Foxes explicitly told United that they had to break the previous transfer record for a defender, which was Virgil van Dijk’s £75 million switch from Southampton to Liverpool in 2018. The Dutchman is second on the list.

Matthijs de Ligt features twice in the top 10, including for his £68 million switch from Juventus to Bayern Munich this summer.

That transfer fee is slightly higher than the £67.5 million that Juventus paid Ajax for the Dutchman three years ago.

Bayern make a second appearance on the list as a buying club thanks to Lucas Hernandez, who also moved to Bavaria for £68 million from Atletico Madrid in 2019.

The rest of the transfers in the top 10 have all been made by Premier League clubs, with Manchester City responsible for three of them.

The Citizens splashed out £65million on Ruben Dias, £57million on Aymeric Laporte and £47.5million on John Stones. That is one expensive backline.

Completing the list is Manchester United’s new arrival Lisandro Martinez, who has just made a £55 million switch from Ajax, plus Ben White, who Arsenal signed for £50 million from Brighton last summer.

Virgil van Dijk's £75 million switch from Southampton to Liverpool in 2018 puts him second

Virgil van Dijk’s £75 million switch from Southampton to Liverpool in 2018 puts him second

Matthijs de Ligt features twice in the top 10, including for his recent move to Bayern Munich

Matthijs de Ligt features twice in the top 10, including for his recent move to Bayern Munich

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