Jack Grealish will become the most expensive transfer in British history after Manchester City’s £100 million offer triggered a release clause in his Aston Villa contract.
The 25-year-old has worn the number 10 shirt for Aston Villa for a number of years, but with the Blues currently also in the market for a new striker – namely Harry Kane, will Grealish be given the squad number previously worn by the iconic and legendary frontman Sergio Aguero?
Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph claim there are “unconfirmed suggestions” that the club will hold back the number 10 shirt, rather than giving it to Grealish.
Therefore, what shirt numbers are available to Pep Guardiola’s new midfielder?
The Aston Villa’s former number 10 wore the number seven shirt at this summer’s European Championships, but his England teammate Raheem Sterling holds that squad number at City.
Numbers 4, 12, 15, 18, 19, 24, 28, 29 and 30 are all available to Grealish, although the squad number 23 is not, after City retired the number in 2003, in honour of the late Marc-Vivien Foe.
Grealish could opt to select the number 40, which he wore during his first two seasons with Aston Villa, although one expects the midfielder to select the number 18 or 19 if the offer of becoming City’s new number 10 is not on the table.
Even if the 25-year-old’s squad number is not revealed during City’s official unveiling of the England midfielder on Thursday, it will not be long until Grealish’s new number is revealed.