Last updated on
Manchester City are almost done with the signing of Ferran Torres, as their summer business gets underway.
Should Torres become City’s first major signing of the summer, he would have the pick of shirt numbers to choose from, although his current number 20 shirt is already taken by Bernardo Silva.
So which other shirt numbers are available to the winger?
There are three numbers between 1-11 vacant, but winger Torres is unlikely to take 3, 4, or 6. The next free number – assuming Angelino keeps 12 and returns to the club – is the no.15.
The last player to wear this number was Eliaquim Mangala, although Jesus Navas wore 15 between 2013 and 2017.
This number has been more associated with central midfielders in recent years, with Fabian Delph, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry all wearing 18. There would appear to be more fitting squad numbers for Torres to take.
If Torres really is Sane’s replacement, then maybe he should take the shirt number too. There are similarities in the start of Torres and Sane’s journeys, so perhaps the number would be an appropriate one.
With David Silva leaving City, whoever takes 21 will have huge boots to fill. It would be a huge vote of confidence in the young winger by giving him the squad number of a legend.
No.24, No.28, No,29
The last three vacant numbers below 30 do not have much significance for Torres, or in former City players to wear the number.
Currently, third goalkeeper Scott Carson wears 33, but his loan will expire at the end of the season. Torres wore 33 when he first broke into the Valencia first team, so there might be a sentimental reason for him to pick that number.