Top 10 most expensive defenders of the summer so far

Ben White, Arsenal, Premier League

Achraf Hakimi is the most expensive defender of the 2021 summer window so far following his blockbuster move from Inter Milan to Paris Saint-Germain.

PSG beat Chelsea to a €60million deal for the wing-back, who has signed a five-year contract running until 2026.

The Moroccan remains the second-most expensive player across all positions, behind Manchester United's Jadon Sancho.

But, the next defender on the list is Ben White, who cost Arsenal €58.5million from fellow Premier League club Brighton.

The 23-year-old has played in each of England's top four divisions in recent years, and has earned a move to the Gunners after just one season in the top flight.

The third-most expensive defender of the window is Bayern Munich's Dayot Upamecano.

The Frenchman left RB Leipzig for Bayern for €42.5million, where he will once again work with head coach Julian Nagelsmann.

Next up, in a €40million deal, is Liverpool's signing of highly-rated Ibrahima Konate.

That means Leipzig have lost two of their key defenders in the same window.

Chelsea academy graduate Fikayo Tomori has made his loan move to Milan a permanent one this summer, in a €29million deal.

Tomori helped The Blues to a fourth place finish in the 2019/20 Premier League season, but became surplus to requirements last campaign.

In sixth place is Marc Guehi, another former Chelsea player, who cost Crystal Palace €23million.

Marc Guehi

Marc Guehi

Guehi excelled on loan at Swansea in the Sky Bet Championship last season.

Odilon Kossounou is the seventh-most expensive defender of the window, joining Bayer Leverkusen from Club Brugge in a €23million deal.

He is a product of the famous ASEC Mimosas setup in Ivory Coast, where Yaya and Kolo Toure began their careers.

In eighth, Josko Gvardiol left Dinamo Zagreb for RB Leipzig as a replacement for Upamecano.

Also the youngest player on the list, at 19, he cost the German outfit €19million.

The ninth-most expensive defender of the window is Joachim Anderson, another to join Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace.

The Danish centre-back cost the Eagles €17.5million from Lyon.

And, finally, in tenth is Loic Bade, who left Lens for Stade Rennais, also in Ligue 1, for €17million.