Jules Kounde Chelsea’s possible shirt number unveiled
There are several numbers for Jules Kounde to choose from if he completes his Chelsea transfer.
Chelsea is reportedly closing in on a deal to sign Jules Kounde from Sevilla before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
The Blues are keen to add another defender to Thomas Tuchel’s ranks despite already being quite packed in the area.
Kounde has a reported £68million release clause inserted into his contract with the La Liga side
However, according to reports, Chelsea could take advantage of it in the coming days.
Tuchel has a slight defensive dilemma in the sense that three of his usual starters are in the final year of their contracts.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger, and Andreas Christensen were all excellent in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool and the club are attempting to resolve their futures.
The Champions League winners have also allowed Kurt Zouma to join West Ham, leaving a slot for Kounde to fill.
Express Sport looks at the numbers the 22-year-old could take if he completes his switch.
Below are the possible shirt number at Chelsea
Kounde could take the shirt number of the latest player to depart Chelsea.
Zouma has worn No 15 since returning from his loan spell at Everton in 2018/19. He had previously worn No 5 but that was handed to Jorginho.
Matteo Kovacic currently chose to switch to No 8 over the summer.
Given that the number has a chequered history, Kounde has the chance to create his legacy if he takes No 17.
Romelu Lukaku would perhaps have taken eighteen upon his return to Chelsea if Tammy Abraham had remained at the club.
The £97.5m arrival has instead fitted seamlessly into the now-Roma striker’s No 9 shirt, scoring on his debut in the 2-0 victory at Arsenal.
The number has been vacant since Olivier Giroud’s £1m move to AC Milan at the start of the transfer window.
Kounde could take the number that he has been assigned at Sevilla this season
He previously wore No 12 for two seasons after arriving from Bordeaux in 2019.
No 23 is a famous number in sport having been used by David Beckham at Real Madrid and LA Galaxy, and by Michael Jordan throughout his basketball career.
Billy Gilmour technically occupies the shirt but he is on loan at Norwich City.
It was previously Michy Batshuayi’s but Gilmour was assigned the digits when the Belgian was enjoying a temporary spell at Crystal Palace.
Twenty-five is another number that has some sentimental value to Kounde but he cannot wear it as it has been unofficially retired since Gianfranco Zola’s departure in 2003.
A similar situation also rules him out of No 26 due to John Terry’s Chelsea legacy.
He wore it on his debut for France against Wales earlier this summer and remained Les Bleus’ No 25 for Euro 2020.
Kounde could instead take the No 27, which has been free since Christensen was promoted to No 4.
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