Jadon Sancho’s move to Manchester United will finally be completed this week as the player underwent a medical on Tuesday.
The Reds agreed a £72.9million fee with Borussia Dortmund for the England international last month but formal completion of the deal was put on hold until the end of the player’s participation at Euro 2020.
Now after England’s defeat in the final, in which Sancho missed a penalty in the shootout, the 21-year-old was due to undergo a medical at Carrington on Tuesday before signing his contract and then going on holiday before the new season begins.
There is plenty of talk about what squad number Sancho will claim once he becomes a member of the United squad, with a large section of fans hoping to get his name on the back of their new home shirt. But with his usual number seven taken by Edinson Cavani, what numbers are currently available to him?
Available shirt numbers for Sancho
12 – Hardly the most glamorous number for an attacker, the No.12 has usually been occupied by defensive-minded players at Old Trafford. Centre-back Chris Smalling donned the shirt during his nine-year stay at the club and previous wearers include Ben Foster, Phil Neville and Paul Parker.
16 – Having been made iconic at United by club greats Roy Keane and Michael Carrick, the No.16 might be the most attractive option for Sancho. The skilful winger also wore the number himself on occasion while playing for Manchester City’s Under-18s.
22 – The No.22 is available again for the first time in two seasons as goalkeeper Sergio Romero will leave the club upon the expiration of his contract and vacated it.
The number may also be a good choice for Sancho, as he wore it on his England debut as an 18-year-old against Croatia in 2018.
24 – Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s departure in January means the No.24 is now up for grabs again. It’s most associated with Darren Fletcher at Old Trafford, but Wes Brown, David Beckham and Paul Scholes all had stints in the shirt.
25 – The No.25 is free after Odion Ighalo returned to China in January following his loan spell at the club. Another right-winger in Antonio Valencia is the club’s most famous wearer of the jersey.
30 – The No.30 will be free when Nathan Bishop begins his loan spell with Mansfield Town.
32 – Free since 2017, the last two players to have No.32 were goalkeepers but the number is synonymous with Carlos Tevez’s time with the club.
Numbers 14, 15, 20 and 28 were all vacant last season with Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira, Diogo Dalot and Facundo Pellistri out on loan but unless they are to leave the club again they will be unavailable to Sancho.
With numbers 33, 34, 38 and 39 all taken the only other numbers free below 40 are 35 and 36, so it’s certainly slim pickings for any new arrivals this summer.