Barcelona have already spent 160m euros on 10 centre-backs in the past decade

The directors at the Camp Nou have suffered many a headache over the central defensive positons in recent years, with the Catalan club having brought in 10 centre-backs for just over 160 million euros over the past decade.

They are likely to add another one this summer, with Clement Lenglet potentially arriving for another 35m euros.

There have been some success stories at the position, with the signings of Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano having worked out very well, even if the latter was technically bought as a defensive midfielder.

There have also, though, been some major busts and a lot of money has gone down the centre-back drain.

The most expensive signings have been those of Umtiti and of Dmytro Chygrynskiy, who cost 25m euros each to arrive from Lyon and Shaktar in 2016 and 2009 respectively.

The next most expensive were Mascherano and Jeremy Mathieu at 20m euros, with the Argentine bought from Liverpool in 2010 and the Frenchman signed from Valencia in 2014.

Both have now left over the past year.

Arsenal have made significant money from the Blaugrana’s centre-back needs too, with Alex Song signed for 19m euros in 2012 and Thomas Vermaelen for 15m euros in 2014.

Martin Caceres and Yerry Mina arrived for medium-level fees, of 16m euros and 11.8m euros respectively, while Marlon and Pique, at 5m euros each, have been the cheapest.

Of those that remain at the club, Pique is set to stay for some time, while the club are working on renewing Umtiti.

Backup Vermaelen has another year on his contract and has as much chance of renewing as he does of leaving, while January signing Yerry Mina has struggled to adapt and could go out on loan.

Marlon, meanwhile, has been out on loan this season, at Nice.

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