Manchester City signed Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi for £31.7 million on Thursday morning.

Otamendi was regarded by some as the best centre-back in La Liga last season and his capture is a big boost for City as they go about reclaiming the Premier League title from Chelsea.

But it is a huge fee for a defender in historical terms. Here are the top 10 most expensive defenders of all time…

10. Pepe, Porto to Real Madrid – £25m

Pepe in action against Juventus

Pepe in action against Juventus

9. Fabio Coentrao, Benfica to Real Madrid – £27m

Fabio Coentrao takes on Atletico Madrid

Fabio Coentrao takes on Atletico Madrid

8. Marquinhos, Roma to Paris Saint-Germain – £27m

Marquinhos in action against Manchester United

Marquinhos in action against Manchester United

7. Rio Ferdinand, Leeds United to Manchester United – £27.5m

Rio Ferdinand

Rio Ferdinand

6. Dani Alves, Sevilla to Barcelona – £28.5m

Dani Alves on duty for Brazil

Dani Alves on duty for Brazil

5. Luke Shaw, Southampton to Manchester United – £31m

Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw

4. Nicolas Otamendi, Valencia to Manchester City – £31.7m

Nicolas Otamendi

Nicolas Otamendi

3. Eliaquim Mangala, Porto to Manchester City – £32m

Eliaquim Managala

Eliaquim Managala

2. Thiago Silva, AC Milan to Paris Saint-Germain – £35m

Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva

1. David Luiz, Chelsea to Paris Saint-Germain – £50m

David Luiz

David Luiz