How Manchester United’s new £80million signing compares to the world’s best defenders including Van Dijk, Laporte and De Ligt

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Harry Maguire is the world’s most expensive defender having joined Manchester United in a £80million deal.

The Red Devils agreed a deal with Leicester to finally end the long running transfer saga.

Harry Maguire has been a target of Man United all summer

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Harry Maguire has been a target of Man United all summer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally got his man as he looks improve the centre of his defence for the new Premier League season.

The fee eclipses the £75million Liverpool paid for Virgil van Dijk in January 2018 while there have also been some other high profile moves this transfer window.

Matthijs de Ligt was signed by Juventus this summer in a deal worth £67.5m while Lucas Hernandez moved to Bayern Munich for £68m.

Virgil van Dijk is no longer the most expensive defender in the world

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Virgil van Dijk is no longer the most expensive defender in the world

Logic would suggest that the 26-year-old is one of the best centre-backs in the world but some still have their doubts over his ability at the highest level.

Here at talkSPORT.com, we have taken a look at how Maguire compares to the world’s best defenders.

The centre-backs currently thought of as the world’s best include Virgil van Dijk, Aymeric Laporte, Jan Vertonghen, Rafael Varane, Matthijs de Ligt, Kalidou Koulibaly and Sergio Ramos.

According to statistics on WhoScored.com, there is very little to choose between Maguire and the others when looking at how they performed in the league last season.


The England international averages one tackle per game, which is on par with Van Dijk, De Ligt and Varane.

Jan Vertonghen leads the way with 1.8 with Koulibaly on 1.7 and in between is Ramos and Laporte on 1.5 and 1.2 respectively.

Maguire averages 1.2 interceptions per game, which is more than the Van Dijk, Laprote, De Ligt, Koulibaly and Varane.

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In clearances per game, only the Liverpool star (5.2) betters the Man United target (4.9).

The only category where Maguire falls slightly behind his counterparts is his passing accuracy which is 85.6 per cent.

Unsurprisingly, Laporte tops the list with an incredible 92.3 per cent with Ramos just behind (92.1).

Maguire has shown he can do it on the biggest stage with his incredible performances at the World Cup with England.

He was one of the players of the tournament and even won more aerial duels than any other person in Russia.

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It is easy to forget that Maguire is still only 26, partly because he has been around for so long working his way up from League One to the Premier League.

On paper, there is little that separates him and the players who are widely considered as the world’s best.

The price tag will bring plenty of expectations but in his career so far he has proved himself at every stage and there is no reason why he cannot excel at Old Trafford.

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