Premier League returns this weekend with some mouth-watering fixtures lined-up. Tottenham Hotspurs will welcome Manchester United at Wembley in what will be the biggest clash this weekend. Arsenal will open the round with an away tie against West Ham United. League leaders Liverpool will be away against Brighton, second-placed Man City will host Wolves while Chelsea will try to score against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. As we wait for this matches let us look at the very best central defenders from South America.

5. Nicholas Otamendi- Man City

Manchester City pulled off a masterstroke in 2015 when they managed to beat bitter rivals Manchester United to the signature of Argentine International Nicholas Otamendi. The Red Devils had been linked with the former Valencia defender all summer but it is their neighbours who really wanted the man. He was a regular under Manuel Pellegrini but the arrival of Laporte and John Stones has totally changed the matrix at Etihad. Pep Guardiola seems to prefer the young defenders but he will certainly get his games by the end of the season.

4. David Luiz- Chelsea

Brazil blamed David Luiz when they lost 7-1 to Germany in 2014 World Cup semi-finals at home but with all due respect, a single player cannot inflict such damage alone. In 2018, Luiz was not picked but they were still knocked out in the quarterfinals by Belgium. The defender struggled in the second season under Antonio Conte at Chelsea but now he is playing every game since Maurizio Sarri arrived. He is up there with the best in the game.

3. João Miranda- Inter Milan

Inter Milan defender João Miranda switched to San Siro after enjoying a successful spell at Atletico Madrid. The Brazilian centre back remains one of the best not only in Europe but also South America. The 34-year-old might not be around for many more years but he has certainly done his job. He has partnered Thiago Silva for the national team on many occasions.

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