Revealed: The Kit Numbers David Luiz, Alex Iwobi, Romelu Lukaku & More Will Wear at Their New Clubs

?We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief following the mayhem that was deadline day. 

And more importantly, football has returned…well, to the top tier of English football anyway. But, as the focus turns towards league commitments, clubs will be hoping that their late purchases on deadline day are beginning to find their feet. 

Here, we take a look at the confirmed squad numbers for the biggest transfer deadline day signings. 

David Luiz – 23

Perhaps the strangest story of the day, and it came from the Emirates. News broke that David Luiz had agreed to join Arsenal – and somehow the shock deal was ?completed in the nick of time. 

As was so eloquently put by the north London side’s Twitter account: New club, new shirt, new number. Right, ok. 

Well, he has the 23.

Romelu Lukaku – 9

Romelu Lukaku finally managed to force his way out of ?Manchester United, sealing a £74m move to Inter on deadline day. 

He will don the same number as at the Old Trafford side, but he’s got some rather large boots to fill, considering the ?history of the shirt.

Although, he does claim this is his dream. So…yeah. 

Kieran Tierney – 3

As you might have guessed, this list contains a fair few from ?Arsenal. Kieran Tierney had been linked with the club all summer, but the deal was eventually sealed just prior to the deadline. 

A nice show of faith from the club, going straight in and giving the 22-year-old the number 3 shirt. Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac will most likely have something to say about that, however. 

Alex Iwobi – 17

Iwobi ?completed a shock last-ditch deadline day move to Everton, in which the Toffees coughed up somewhere in the region of £35-40m.

The Wilfried Zaha back-up plan? Only Everton know that one. But anyway, he will take up the number 17 shirt; the same number he wore when at Arsenal.  

Giovani Lo Celso – 18

Tottenham went into deadline day being linked with attacking midfielders such as Paulo Dybala, Giovani Lo Celso and Bruno Fernandes. They managed to come ?away with a loan deal for Lo Celso, with an option to buy. Some very shrewd business.

He will take up the 18 shirt, the number he first wore at Paris Saint-Germain. 

Ismaila Sarr – 23

A fantastic signing by Watford, picking up Ismaila Sarr on deadline day ?in a club-record deal.

He will don the number 23 shirt. Elsewhere, the club also managed to pick up Danny Welbeck, who will wear the number 10.

Dennis Praet – 26

Dennis Praet completed his move to ?Leicester City, making it a successful window for the Foxes (despite the departure of Harry Maguire). 

Praet will take up the number 26 shirt, and reunites with former teammate Youri Tielemans. The two played together at Anderlecht and will be hoping to make an impact together at the King Power. 

Andy Carroll – 7

The big man himself has somehow gotten himself a dream move back to Newcastle. And now, he’s grabbed the number 7 shirt. 

Well played, Andy. 

Ryan Sessegnon – 19

Ryan Sessegnon was part of the frantic deadline day dealings going on at Spurs. He sealed his move from Fulham – a deal that was expected to go through for some time. 

He will leave his number 3 shirt behind at Fulham, as he begins this new chapter. 

Danny Drinkwater – 8

Drinkwater was finally able to get a move away from Chelsea, as he searched for first team opportunities. 

The midfielder ?joins on loan, but it’s a start. He will take up the number 8 shirt. 

Scott Carson – N/A

Hardly the biggest deadline day deal. But, really, he’s only in here because it gives us the opportunity to show this truly ridiculous announcement video by Manchester City for their third-choice keeper. You’re going to want sound for this one. 

Oh, and it’s actually unknown what shirt he’ll wear. 


Ivan Perisic Set to Join Bayern Munich on Loan After Leroy Sane Deal Is Scuppered

?Bayern Munich are set to land Inter winger Ivan Perisic on loan with an option to buy for €20m, after their move for Leroy Sane collapsed due to the Man City star suffering a serious injury. 

The German champions have been on the hunt for reinforcements all summer, following the departures of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. The club appeared most keen on Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, but any deal appears very difficult following his anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Community Shield. 

This has led Bayern Munich to turn their attentions elsewhere, with Perisic now the man the club are set to sign.

Respected Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano is now reporting that the transfer of Ivan Perisic to Bayern Munich is ‘confirmed’. He states that the player has ‘accepted’ and he will soon fly to Germany. 

The Bavarians will pay €5m for the loan and will have the option to buy for €20m in the following summer. This represents a major breakthrough in their quest for further squad depth and will most certainly aid the team. 

The 30-year-old didn’t have one of his better campaigns in 2018/19, managing just eight goals and three assists in the Serie A for I Nerazzurri. However, he has proven himself in the Bundesliga before, enjoying successful stints at Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg. 


The Croatian has long been linked with ?Manchester United, and this summer has been no different. ?Inter offered the player as part of a ?part-exchange offer that would see Romelu Lukaku heading the other way. 

As it has turned out however, that deal was rejected and the Italian side ended up parting with £74m in order ?to seal a deal for the Belgian. 



Inter’s Number 9: The History of the Shirt as Romelu Lukaku Takes Coveted Number

?One of the longest running transfer sagas of the summer finally drew to a close on Thursday, as Romelu Lukaku sealed a move to Italy with Inter.

The Belgian will wear the number 9 shirt after his prolonged £74m move from Manchester United; the shirt which was undoubtedly Lukaku’s preference, and one which a club record signing should be good enough to demand. The iconic shirt has been worn by some of the best footballers to grace the game, and Lukaku will be hoping he can emulate them. 

The 26-year-old will take the shirt from Mauro Icardi, who had worn the shirt since he joined the club back in 2013. The Argentine was handed the captain’s armband in 2015, aged 22, following an excellent start to life at the club – but his relationship with the club has since turned sour. 

Icardi was stripped of his captaincy earlier in the year, and has fallen out of favour for his well-documented antics with his agent and wife Wanda Nara. New manager Antonio Conte doesn’t seem to be planning with the controversial forward in mind, and the decision to strip him of the 9 shirt will only add fuel to the suggestion he’s close to leaving. 

Before Icardi came the great – and recently retired – Diego Forlan. The Uruguayan only had a short stint at Inter, featuring 22 times and bagging just the two goals. The forward was unable to show his best form, and his contract was eventually terminated by I Nerazzurri in the summer of 2012.

Mauro Emanuel Icardi

Samuel Eto’o occupied the 9 prior to Forlan. The Cameroonian is considered a club legend, scoring 53 times in 102 appearances and playing a major role in the club’s treble-winning season under Jose Mourinho in 2009/10. Most recently, he has taken time to welcome Lukaku to Inter with a message – as the two played together at ?Chelsea and ?Everton

“Welcome Inter Milan Romeo. More than a team, it’s a family you join,” Eto’o wrote on Instagram. Make us proud little brother!”

Romelu Lukaku,Samuel Eto'o,Leighton Baines

In the earlier years of the 21st century, the legends kept rolling in as Hernan Crespo, Julio Cruz and Ronaldo wore the 9 shirt. Crespo found the net on 45 occasions in 116 appearances, but his time was halted by injuries. Cruz forged a similar ratio to that of Crespo, netting 75 times in 197 appearances – winning four straight titles. 

The great Ronaldo boasted an expectedly healthy goal tally, 59 in 98 – but that alone doesn’t tell the whole story for one of the game’s greatest players, as his time at the club was drastically affected by injury. 

Before Ronaldo, Ivan Zamorano wore the shirt with pride and passion. For the 1998/99 season, the 9 shirt was taken off him, but he was so adamant to wear the 9 that he ended up wearing the number 18, adding a ‘+’ between the two numbers. 

Walter Zenga,Ruben Sosa Ardaiz,Ivan Zamorano

The 1990s saw numerous occupants take up the number 9 shirt, but perhaps the most notable was Jürgen Klinsmann, who wore it in the 1990/91 season. In his time, he helped Inter win the UEFA Cup, beating Roma in the final. 

Rewinding further, Alessandro Altobelli scored 128 goals in 317 Serie A matches for ?Inter, becoming a club great along the way. Perhaps I Nerazzurri’s most prolific striker in the 1970s was Roberto Boninsegna, who scored 113 goals in 197 Serie A appearances for the club. 

The long list of elite number 9s continues with Benito Lorenzi, who scored 143 goals in 314 matches. He also led the side to back-to-back Scudetto titles in 1953 and 1954. Finally, we head back to where it all began, with Giuseppe Meazza. 

Pino Boninsegna,Giorgio Papadopulo,Giacinto Facchetti,Rosario di Vencenzo

He’s regarded as the best ever goalscorer for Inter, and it’s hard to disagree. Between 1927 and 1940, he scored 245 goals in 348 Serie A matches. San Siro is also named after him, of course.

A whole lot of goals and a whole lot of talent. Romelu Lukaku is now the next number nine, and fans will be hoping he is the man to restore the Italian side to where they truly belong


Romelu Lukaku Inter Shirt Number Revealed as Details of Man Utd Bust-Up Emerge

Inter have unveiled Romelu Lukaku’s shirt number for the upcoming 2019/20 season, just as details of a bust-up between himself and Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan have emerged.

After a summer of see-sawing and a potential (eventually failed) swap deal with Juventus involving Paulo Dybala, the Belgian striker finally joined Inter on transfer deadline day in a £76.5m move.

And upon his signing, the club confirmed that he would don the number nine shirt in Milan, just as he had done at Manchester United.

Speaking upon the announcement, as quoted by the club, he explained: “I chose Inter because of the club’s project. I think Inter are heading in the right direction and I needed a new challenge.

“Here, the foundations are there to do well. Through my commitment and my desire to perform, I want to help this team achieve big things. I won’t get ahead of myself, but I hope we’ll have achieved great results come the end of the season.”

However, as revealed by the Sun, there were other factors at play in Lukaku’s move, namely a bust-up had between himself and assistant Mike Phelan during United’s pre-season tour of Asia. 

It is understood that, right before the clash against Spurs in Shanghai, the team were assembled on the third floor of their hotel for a headcount. They then went down to the bus, where a subsequent headcount found one player – Lukaku – to be missing. 


Enraged, Phelan told the bus to leave without him, forcing the striker to make his own way to the stadium, where he berated the club’s security for ditching him. At this point, Phelan stepped in, admitting it was he who had ordered the bus to leave, before having a go at the Belgian for his lack of professionalism and claiming he deserved to be left behind.

After that moment, Lukaku did not play another minute in a United shirt.


Valencia vs Inter Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News

?Despite the return of the Premier League this weekend, it’s still pre-season friendly time for the most of Europe. On Saturday, Italian heavyweights Inter take on Valencia at the Mestalla in both teams’ final game before the campaign officially starts.

With two really good teams on show, it should be an exciting way to cap off the summer friendlies ahead of the new season in Italy and Spain.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Valencia - Pre-Season Friendly

Have a look below for 90min’s preview of the match.

Where to Watch


?When Is Kick Off? ?Saturday 10 August
?What Time Is Kick Off ?20:30 (BST)
?Where Is It Played? ?Mestalla
?TV Channel/Live Stream? ?N/A
?Referee? ?N/A

Team News

Valencia have no injury problems and go into the game with all their players available?.


However, Diego Godin suffered a thigh injury for ?Inter and will be out for a few weeks – meaning he may also miss the first few games of Serie A. On a positive note, Valentino Lazaro returns to the squad after injury, but may not be fit enough to start.

?Mauro Icardi is also still not in the Inter squad as Conte doesn’t have the Argentine in his plans for the new season. New signing Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to start following his move from Manchester United on Thursday, but could still feature in some capacity.

Predicted Lineups


?Valencia ?Cillessen; Wass, Garay, Paulista, Gaya; Soler, Kondogbia, Parejo; Cheryshev, Rodrigo, Gomez.
?Inter Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, De Vrij, Skriniar; Candreva; Sensi, Brozovic, Barella; Dalbert, Lautaro, Esposito?.

Head to Head Record

The two teams played against each other on ten occasions previously, with the pair playing out five draws, Inter winning three and Valencia two.


The last time they played in a competitive fixture was back in 2007 when Valencia knocked out Inter in the knockout stages of the Champions League on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.

Recent Form

Valencia have had an okay pre-season. Alongside a few wins, they have also been handed a couple of defeats, making for a generally inconsistent set of results.? They will be wanting to wrap up their preparations with victory over Inter.


Inter have also had an iffy set of results. They started with a win against Lugano, but then failed to win any games over 90 minutes, although they did win two penalty shootouts.

Here’s how the two sides have performed in their last five games.

?Valencia ?Inter
?Bayern 1-2 Valencia (4/8) ?Tottenham 1-1 Inter (4/8)
?Brighton 2-1 Valencia (2/8) ?PSG 1-1 Inter (27/7)
?Sporting CP 1-2 Valencia (28/7) ?Juventus 1-1 Inter (24/7)
?Sion 0-3 Valencia (23/7) ?Manchester United 1-0 Inter (20/7)
?Monaco 1-0 Valencia (20/7) ?Lugano 1-2 Inter (14/7)



Both teams will want to get a win on the board in their final pre-season game, but at the same time may want to not risk picking up any injuries just before their leagues start.


In front of the home crowd though, Valencia may be more pumped up than Inter to get the win for the watching fans.

Prediction: Valencia 2-1 Inter