4) Rio Ferdinand

With top-class peers such as Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen currently plying their trade in England, it's some feat for Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand to retain his title as the most expensive defender in the Premier League.

The elegant centre-back has collected six league titles, the UEFA Champions League and six PFA Team of the Year appearances since Sir Alex Ferguson signed him up for a fee believed to stretch up to £40.5m including agent fees from Leeds in 2001.

His current deal runs out in June next year, so this could be his last chance to feature in adding to the illustrious trophy cabinet at Old Trafford.

Verdict: Hit

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