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Revealed: The possible shirt numbers for imminent Manchester City signing Matheus Nunes



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Manchester City are set to complete the signing of Matheus Nunes from Wolves, but what shirt numbers could be available to the Sky Blues’ fourth summer signing?

The 25-year-old is expected to become Manchester City’s latest first-team addition after the club agreed a revised €62 million deal with Wolves, which also includes midfielder Tommy Doyle moving to Molineux on a season-long loan.

Nunes, who dramatically went on strike over the weekend in an attempt to force a move to the Etihad Stadium, signs for the treble-winners after just one season in the Premier League.

The midfielder signed a five-year deal with Wolves last summer, upon completing a club-record £42 million move to the Midlands from Sporting Lisbon.

Nunes featured in 34 Premier League matches for Wolves last season, and becomes the fourth player to sign for Manchester City this summer.

Kevin De Bruyne’s long-term hamstring injury forced Manchester City to accelerate plans to sign a new midfielder, with Pep Guardiola’s side competing in five competitions this season.

As well as the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup; Manchester City are due to travel to Saudi Arabia in December to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup.

Manchester City have made a promising start to the campaign, winning their opening three matches and currently sitting top of the table.

Nunes could make his Manchester City debut on Saturday afternoon, when the treble-winners host Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.

The Portugal international would require a squad number to feature at the weekend, and over 10 are available to the 25-year-old, including the number 27 – which the midfielder currently holds at Wolves.

Squad numbers 1, 12, 14, 15, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 are all currently vacant, and given the uncertainty and expected departures of Joao Cancelo and Cole Palmer, the numbers 7 and 80 are also set to become available.

The number 23 shirt number was retired by Manchester City in 2003 as a mark of respect to the late midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe.

Jeremy Doku selected the number 11 shirt upon completing a £55.4 million transfer last week, meanwhile, Mateo Kovacic, who signed from Chelsea for £25 million, selected the number 8, previously held by the departed club captain Ilkay Gundogan.

Fellow Croatian international Josko Gvardiol chose to wear the number 24 shirt, after signing from RB Leipzig for a record-breaking £77.6 million.