What shirt number Raheem Sterling could wear at Chelsea if he completes Man City exit
Rahim Sterling could leave Manchester City for Chelsea this summer, but what shirt number could he take at Stamford Bridge?
27-Age has one more year to run on his current deal with City and is now attracting interest from clubs as they monitor his situation at the Etihad Stadium.
#Chelsea are ready to follow through on their interest in Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, but only once Romelu Lukaku’s future has been finalised.
How much do you think the pound is worth, Blues?
— Absolute Chelsea (@AbsoluteChelsea) June 19, 2022
A £35million transfer fee has been rumored, while Sky Sports has suggested Man City would like at least £60m to sell Sterling this summer.
If Sterling is to move to Stamford Bridge this summer, one of the first decisions he will have to make is what number he will have on the back of his shirt.
But what numbers could Rahim Sterling takes?
Number 7 – Currently worn by N’Golo Kante
Sterling currently wears Man City’s number seven shirt, but is busy at Chelsea with Kante. He has a year left on his contract at Chelsea, but his future will be decided this summer when the Blues look to open contract renewal talks.
Number 10 – Currently worn by Christian Pulisic
Pulisic first took the number 22 jersey after arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2019, but two years later swapped his shirt for number 10 when Willian left for Arsenal.
There have been suggestions that Pulisic could be sold this summer if the right offer arises, but with US owners they may choose to keep it, especially with their US tour next month.
Sterling regularly wears this number for England, so 7 and 10 would probably be his ideal shirt numbers.
Number 11 – Currently worn by Timo Werner
As Pulisic, the club are ready to listen to the German’s offers. Number 11 is a forward number that may be of interest to Sterling.
However, if Werner doesn’t leave, Sterling is unlikely to be able to snag the 11 shirt.
Number 17 – Currently vacant
Follow Saul Niguez‘ departure towards Atletico Madrid, the number 17 shirt is now free in West London. Mateo Kovacic dropped him last summer before the Spaniard arrived as he took on number eight.
Eden Hazard previously wore the 17 shirt before switching to the 10, which could pave the way for Sterling to follow the same path if he so chooses.
The number is free, so why not?