Man City available shirt numbers to Erling Haaland and how he can get dream number
Manchester City are closing in on the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland with the Blues set to be the side to prise the highly-rated Norwegian away from the Bundesliga.
The 21-year-old has 25 goals in 26 appearances across all competitions for the Black and Yellows this season, also contributing eight assists. Much of the discussion coming into this season was whether City would be able to compete for the title without a recognised striker after Sergio Aguero’ departed and their efforts to sign Harry Kane were in vain.
As it stands, the Manchester Evening News has revealed that City are remaining quiet on claims surrounding a reported bumper deal for the former RB Salzburg attacker but the Blues — it is understood — are willing to meet the £64m release clause. European giants such as Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain will unrivalled pulling power have also been in the race for his signature since he sprung into the limelight.
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Already incoming in the summer is River Plate talisman Julian Alvarez who signed on deadline day in January. He currently has the number nine shirt, the same number as Haaland but the one currently occupied by Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus.
On international duty for Norway Haaland previously wore the number 23, but has since moved down the numerical order to his preferred nine. However, he has also worn 17, 19 and 30 at club level.
With Haaland’s arrival impending, he could be one of the final pieces to the City puzzle as Pep Guardiola continues to forge a formidable dynasty at the Etihad. Despite their hopes of a treble ending at the weekend to Liverpool in the FA Cup, Real Madrid await in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final and the Premier League title race remains very close.
With that in mind MEN Sport has taken a close look at what shirt numbers are currently up for grabs at the Etihad.
A number traditionally held by goalkeeper. Although in a rare case, Edgar Davids took over the number during his stint as player-manager at now-National League outfit Barnet.
It’s highly unlikely that Haaland will follow the Dutchman’s suit as Ederson, Zack Steffen and Scott Carson are all the shot-stoppers in the goalkeeping department yet to take the number one jersey. Claudio Bravo was the last player to wear the shirt prior to his departure to Real Betis in 2020.
The number four shirt has been vacant since Blues title-winning legend Vincent Kompany departed in 2019. Rodri could be a candidate to take over the number ahead of the new campaign, should he switch from his current squad number of 16.
Gabriel Jesus took over the number in 2019 and has found his game time with City limited in recent seasons through injury and squad rotation. The Brazilian has reaffirmed his importance to Guardiola’s side of late though, with a standout performance against Liverpool followed by goals against Watford, Real Madrid Leeds. His tireless work-rate and ability to pop up with important goals is vital to City.
Jesus had to earn the right to take the traditional attacking number after swapping the number 30 for his current number. Recent reports have suggested that Arsenal are keeping tabs on the Brazilian, but after his quadruple against Watford, it remains to be seen whether he will leave the Etihad and vacate the number.
The number 15 is a vacant number that Haaland could occupy should he complete his transfer to Manchester City. This number will have some meaning to the Haaland after his father Alf-Inge wore the number 15 during his spell in Manchester.
Haaland has previously wore the number 30, currently unassigned at the Etihad Stadium, throughout his career at Molde and his two seasons with RB Salzburg. The number has been vacant since Nicolas Otamendi departed last summer.
Available numbers up to 40: 12, 18, 19, 24, 28, 29, 32, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40.
City’s No.23 was retired following the death of Marc-Vivien Foe.