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Which Manchester City shirt numbers could be available ahead of the 2024/25 season?



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Several iconic shirt numbers could become available at Manchester City this summer ahead of the start of the brand new 2024/25 season.

Despite a slow start to the ongoing summer transfer window in terms of big-name arrivals and departures from the Etihad Stadium, there are still expected to be several changes that could disturb the shirt number picture within Manchester City’s squad.

Pep Guardiola’s first-team squad is expected to welcome some new arrivals in the coming weeks ahead, whilst the new shirt number of imminent winger Savio is yet to be confirmed, perhaps awaiting departures from the club.

A number of exits are currently in the process of being developed, with Kalvin Phillips and Joao Cancelo among those regarded as being certain to leave the Etihad Stadium as City await suitable offers for the duo, either on loan or permanent deals.

As the summer transfer window remains ongoing and deals continue to be in the works, we’ve picked out the Manchester City shirt numbers that are either currently available for selection ahead of the new season, or those that could be subject to change imminently.


Despite the mainstay first-team goalkeeping position having been held by Ederson since the summer of 2017, Manchester City have not fulfilled the classic number 1 shirt since Claudio Bravo between 2016 and 2020.

It remains to be seen whether a current Manchester City goalkeeper could take on the jersey for the new season, particularly Stefan Ortega – who could yet receive a promotion into the number one slot depending on whether Ederson moves to Saudi Arabia.


With Kalvin Phillips expected to be on the move again this summer, the classic number 4 jersey could become available should the England international and his representatives source a permanent exit from the Etihad Stadium amid widespread interest.

Between 2010 and 2019, the shirt was famously worn by Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany, and as such it remains to be seen whether the number could be taken up by another iconic leadership figure in Pep Guardiola’s squad.


An iconic number for some of the world’s greatest wingers, Manchester City’s number 7 is currently held by outcast defender Joao Cancelo – who is widely expected to leave the Etihad Stadium once again this summer.

Having returned from a loan deal at FC Barcelona, Manchester City are keen to negotiate a permanent exit for the Portugal international, with Pep Guardiola holding no intention of reintegrating him into the first-team picture.

Could this open up an opportunity for the incoming Savio, or would an existing member like Jeremy Doku be willing to drop his number 11 in favour of the iconic Etihad 7 previously worn by the likes of Raheem Sterling?


Available – Not worn since Angelino in 2019/20.


Available – Not worn since Zack Steffen in 2021/22.


Available – Not worn since Aymeric Laporte in 2022/23.


Available – Not worn since Eliaquim Mangala in 2017/18.


Manchester City have largely failed to install a player into their legendary 21 number following the exit of David Silva in 2020, and could be on the verge of leaving the shirt vacant once again this summer.

Sergio Gomez is reportedly on the verge of a transfer away from the Etihad Stadium to Real Sociedad in a permanent exit, making it two Spaniard’s in a row taking on the #21 and leaving it vacant after Ferran Torres.

Is this a shirt number for an existing member of Pep Guardiola’s squad, or perhaps a weight to be taken on the shoulders of a new name?


Available – Not worn since Benjamin Mendy in 2021/22.




Available – Not worn since Riyad Mahrez in 2022/23.


Available – Not worn since Nicolas Otamendi in 2020/21.


A number that has become iconic during the reign of Ederson in goal at Manchester City since the summer of 2017, it could now become available this summer following ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of the Brazilian.

The 30-year-old is heavily linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League, with some tipping Stefan Ortega to succeed him in between the posts as Pep Guardiola’s number one choice goalkeeper for the foreseeable.


Available – Not worn since Yaya Toure in 2017/18.