6 'attractive' squad numbers Barca could offer to potential newcomers

6 'attractive' squad numbers Barca could offer to potential newcomers
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With the summer transfer window around the corner, let's take a look at Barcelona's 'available' shirt numbers and those that may soon be free following the departures of some players.

Available numbers

Number 6

Previously worn by: Carles Alena.

Who could wear it in 2021/22: Riqui Puig, Pedri, Nico Gonzalez.

It's high time to give the number 6 to a big player, isn't it? This jersey number was earlier carried by players like Xavi, Ronald de Boer and Dani Alves.

It also makes sense to gift it to a midfielder. Both Pedri and Riqui Puig may be considered Xavi successors in some way so I'd personally go with these options.

Set to be available

Number 8

Currently worn by: Miralem Pjanic (likely to leave).

Who could wear it in 2021/22: Riqui Puig, Pedri, a new signing like Gundogan.

Once worn by Andres Iniesta, the number 8 should belong to one of the team's key players. In our opinion, handing it to either Puig or Pedri makes perfect sense due to their position and style of play.

If Georginio Wijnaldum joined Barca, he would possibly take this number. Blaugrana still consider signing a world-class midfielder, though, and it may be given to a star newcomer.

Number 9

Currently worn by: Martin Braithwaite (likely to leave).

Who could wear it in 2021/22: Sergio Aguero, Memphis Depay, Ansu Fati.

The club's decision to give the number 9 to Martin Braithwaite was sensational. Given the No. 10 is tightly occupied by Leo Messi, it's possible that either Aguero or Depay will be wearing it next season.

Number 13

Currently worn by: Neto (likely to leave).

Who could wear it in 2021/22: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Inaki Pena.

If our interest in signing the Italian wonderkid is strong indeed, he could take the No. 13. Otherwise, it could go to Inaki Pena who could really become Marc-Andre ter Stegen's substitute next term.

Number 14

Currently worn by: Philippe Coutinho (likely to leave).

Who could wear it in 2021/22: Emerson, Eric Garcia.

Despite sticking to No. 22 at Betis, Emerson used to wear No. 14 on two occasions: at Ponte Preta in the 2016/17 season and at Atletico Mineiro in 2017/18.

If it's not for Emerson, this shirt could go to almost anyone else. It doesn't have its 'natural' position as it was earlier worn by players like Javier Mascherano, Jordi Cruyff and Thierry Henry.

Number 20

Currently worn by: Sergi Roberto (likely to leave).

Who could wear it in 2021/22: Nico Gonzalez, Eric Garcia.

The promising youngster is wearing the number at Barcelona B and could keep it if his pre-season spell with the first team ends well.

Earlier, the shirt was worn by such stars as Miguel Angel Nadal, Deco and Dani Alves.

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What jersey number is Aguero going to get? You asked, we answered

Sergio Aguero has been presented as a new Barcelona signing but he still has no jersey number. This is only normal since the squad for the 2021/22 season hasn't been determined yet. However, the cules are already curious about what number the 32-year-old is going to wear at Camp Nou.

Although no one can tell for sure, we can at least try to predict, so here's our best guess. But before that, we should mention what numbers Sergio wore in the past.

As per Transfermarkt, Aguero wore the no. 10 at Independiente, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City. He also wore the no.16 at Man City for four seasons.

At the national team, the striker's jersey number varied throughout the year, with him wearing 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 19, and 20.

In our opinion, there are two possible scenarios, and it's going to depend on Martin Braithwaite.

1. Braithwaite leaves, Aguero gets the 9

There have been reports that Martin Braithwaite is among the top contenders to leave Barca over the summer. If his departure happens, Aguero is likely to get the no.9, perhaps the most appropriate jersey number for a striker.

2. Braithwaite stays, Aguero gets a vacant number

Currently, the only vacant number at Barca is the no. 6 jersey. It belonged to Carles Alena, so he's likely to get it back if he returns to Camp Nou. Thus, Aguero's shirt number will depend on who leaves the club over the summer.

The no. 9 aside, the most likely jersey numbers could be 19, with Matheus Fernandes expected to be sold. Another possibility is for him to get no.16 if Alena is sold and Pedri switches to no.6.

'He's capable of absolutely anything': what Messi said of Aguero back in 2018

"He’s capable of absolutely anything – he can resolve a game all on his own. And inside the area, there is no one quite like him," Leo Messi said of Sergio Aguero back in 2018 in a documentary shot by Manchester City.

Besides being teammates at the national team, Messi and Aguero are known to be good friends. The two will be able to tag up at Camp Nou next season if Leo extends his contract with Barcelona.

As for Sergio, he's joined Blaugrana on a contract until 2023, with his release clause being set at €100m.

Source: Tribuna.com; Transfermarkt