The summer transfer window is an opportunity for football clubs to recalibrate their rosters, seek out improvements or simply rework their finances. For whatever reasons, as long as there is a transfer season, you can be sure there will be moves made.
While some clubs will look to sharpen their offensive fronts, with names like Robin van Persie, Gonzalo Higuain and more among the hottest of rumors, others will seek out the defensive reinforcements to solidify their goal-stopping potential.
There is little more frustrating than a central defender who consistently serves as a road block for opposing attackers. Securing the services of a top-tier, no-nonsense defender may serve as the difference in a trophy-winning campaign or taking a backseat to the would-be champions.
Thiago Silva and Jan Vertonghen have already been snatched off the market as Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham have respectively inked in a couple of strong bodies in their back lines.
With plenty of clubs vying to bolster their defenses, there will be a flurry of options to scour over as the transfer window rolls on. Here are the top 10 central defenders on the market.