Of all the ways to tempt a player to a club during transfer season, offering out shirt numbers has always felt like the strangest negotiating factor.
Yet, it is something that seemingly still happens. Shirt numbers are important to players and so, every summer, there is a debate regarding which one a new signing will take.
At Chelsea, many fans will be desperate for the incoming Raheem Sterling to avoid the club’s No. 9 top. Popular football transfer expert Fabrizio Romano recently reported that Chelsea have sealed a deal for the transfer of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.
The other big number of note is Sterling’s favoured No. 7. He wore it for all of his seven years in Manchester, and although that is currently taken by N’Golo Kante, he may be prepared to give it up. Kante isn’t one to cau issues within the club, and in a surprise move, football.london believes that conversations have taken place within Chelsea, hinting the France international might relinquish his number to Sterling.
Raheem Sterling also has the option of selecting the number 15 shirt, which is currently unoccupied at the club. One possible jersey number for Raheem Sterling at Chelsea is 17. This number has an aura to it and is currently not being worn by any player at the club. The last Chelsea player to wear 17 was Mateo Kovacic.