10 most expensive defenders of all time. Two current Chelsea players are on the list

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Premier League clubs have been responsible for 6 of the 10 most expensive defenders in the history of football with Chelsea responsible for 2 of those signings.

Here are the 10 most expensive defenders in history and how they fared after completing their big-money moves.

10) Achraf Hakimi – Inter Milan to PSG for £60.9million

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Achraf Hakimi moved from Inter Milan to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021 for an initial fee of £51.3 million, plus £9.6 million in add-ons, after his significant contribution to Inter’s Serie A title. PSG outbid Chelsea, securing one of the world’s top right-backs. His performance has lived up to expectations, making him a key player for PSG. Despite interest from clubs like Real Madrid and Manchester City, PSG aim to extend his contract beyond its 2026 expiration.

9) Marc Cucurella – Brighton to Chelsea for £63million

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Marc Cucurella’s transfer to Chelsea in 2022 for £56 million plus add-ons, following a standout season at Brighton, hasn’t met expectations. He’s fallen behind Ben Chilwell and Levi Colwill in Chelsea’s choice for left-back. Amidst performance challenges, Chelsea might consider selling him, potentially at a significant loss from the club’s initial investment.

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