Waiting for someone to leave, Erling? Man City hold off on revealing Haaland’s new shirt number after finally confirming his £51m move from Borussia Dortmund… so could he be set for Gabriel Jesus’ No 9 this summer?
- Man City have confirmed the signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund
- Haaland will join City on July 1 after putting pen to paper on a five-year contract
- But the 21-year-old’s shirt number at City is still yet to be revealed by the club
- Gabriel Jesus is currently in possession of Haaland’s favoured No 9 jersey
- City could be waiting for Jesus to depart before handing it to their new recruit
Haaland will officially join City on July 1 after putting pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Premier League champions, just over a month since Borussia Dortmund accepted a £51million offer for their star striker.
The 21-year-old has now waved goodbye to Dortmund after sealing his switch to City, where father Alf-Inge also plied his trade in the early 2000s.
On Monday he was pictured in a City shirt for the very first time before gushing: ‘This is a proud day for me and my family’.
Man City held off on revealing Erling Haaland’s shirt number despite confirming his transfer
Yet despite posing in the club’s new strip for the 2022/23 campaign, Haaland’s shirt number remains unknown.
City chose not to release their new recruit’s number despite confirming the signing, suggesting they may be waiting for a current squad member to vacate one.
Given he is an out-and-out centre-forward, it would make most sense for Haaland to take on the No 9 – which he wore in his time at Dortmund.
Gabriel Jesus is currently in possession of that shirt, however the Brazil striker is being heavily linked with a departure this summer.
Following Haaland’s arrival Jesus would likely see his playing time reduced next season, meaning a move away from the Etihad appears likely.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing him, and with only a year to run on his contract City will be keen to cash in while they still can.
As a result, they could well be waiting for Jesus to depart and vacate the No 9 shirt before handing it over to Haaland.
The latter developed into one of European football’s most clinical strikers at Dortmund, scoring an incredible 86 goals in 89 appearances before leaving for City.
‘I want to score goals, win trophies and improve as a footballer and I am confident I can do that here,’ Haaland said after finalising his transfer to City.
‘This is a great move for me and I can’t wait to get started in pre-season.’