Taribo West’s Transfer fee once smashed records for a Defender

Taribo West’s Transfer fee once smashed records for a Defender

Alex Sandro is on the cusp of becoming the most expensive defender in the history of football, with the full back set to seal a £61million move to Chelsea.

The Juventus man is set to swap Turin for Stamford Bridge and in turn usurp David Luiz at the top of the list.

But the going rate for a top stopper has shifted dramatically over the past four decades with the like Miquel Soler, Ronald Koeman, Jaap Stam, Rio Ferdinand, Lillian Thuram and Taribo West among the names quoted by Harry Slavin [Mail Sport]


Former Nigeria International, Taribo West also commanded an impressive fee at the time.

West would rightly be considered one of the world’s most expensive defender in club football history per Harry Slavin [mail].

As famous for his ludicrous hairstyles as his defensive capabilities, Taribo West was hot property in 1997 after his starring role in Nigeria’s Olympic success in 1996.

Inter won the race to sign the centre back for £10.2m from Ligue Un side Auxerre.

Taribo West

Taribo West celebrated with his Inter Milan teammates including Ronaldo after clinching the Europa League trophy | Getty Images

West will spend two seasons before moving to city rivals Milan.

A loan spell at Derby County followed, as did a stint at Plymouth Argyle in 2005 that saw him make just four appearances.

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