The Manchester City club shop will already be bracing to stock up on Erling Haaland shirts after the Premier League champions confirmed they have reached a deal in principle for the striker.

The 21-year-old has been hotly linked with a move to the Etihad for most of the season. Now, City have announced that, once personal terms have been finalised with the player, Haaland will arrive on July 1.

The forward has worn several shirt numbers throughout his career, including No.17, No.23 and No.30. However, it seems his preferred choice is the No.9 jersey, donning it on both his Borussia Dortmund and Norway kits.

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There are a number of vacant numbers that the striker can choose from. But more may become available if current players leave the club this summer.

Cristiano Ronaldo was given special dispensation to nab the No.7 Manchester United jersey from Edinson Cavani last year in August, but a player must usually wear the same number all season. It means if a new signing is given a number and their preferred choice suddenly becomes vacant due to a player leaving, they cannot claim that number until the following campaign.

So with that, and bypassing the free No.1 jersey nearly always reserved for goalkeepers, MEN Sport looks at the potential shirt number options for Haaland.


Of course, this is already held by Gabriel Jesus. But, despite a recent uptick in form, the striker is repeatedly linked with a move to Arsenal.

City may hold off announcing his number if they think a switch to the Emirates may be on the cards for the Brazilian, who will know Haaland’s arrival means his game time will become limited. It’s unlikely that the Premier League would grant Haaland special permission to change shirts in-season with Jesus too, so all the more reason to hang off if the player has his heart set on the No.9.


Haaland could step into his father’s shoes – or shirt – if he takes up this number. Alf-Inge donned No.15 during his City days, although his son has never previously worn the number in his career.


This was the shirt he wore during his first senior season as a professional at Norway outfit Bryne FK in the 2015/16 season. It would be a poignant number to take up in a nod toward his journey from his humble beginnings to stardom.


The number that he wore when he rose to fame during his incredible two years at RB Salzburg. He netted 29 times in 27 games for the Austrian club, one of which came against Liverpool in the Champions League.

He also wore No.30 at former club Molde and it could be argued that this is the number he will likely choose, should the No.9 remain taken. Other available numbers under 30 include: 12, 18, 19, 24, 28 and 29.

The No.23 shirt was retired by Manchester City following the death of Marc-Vivien Foe. The midfielder was on loan at the club from Lyon when he tragically passed away aged 28 after collapsing on the pitch at the 2003 Confederations Cup while representing native Cameroon.

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