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The shirt numbers available to Matheus Cunha at Wolves

Wolves are on the verge of making their first signing of the Julen Lopetegui era with Matheus Cunha set to join, and some have wondered what shirt number the attacker might wear at Molineux.

The Brazilian is having a medical at the club ahead of a loan move, after which Wolves will pay Atletico Madrid around £40 million.

The two clubs had been in talks for a couple of weeks.

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And Wanderers finally made a breakthrough yesterday over the 23-year-old.

Cunha has not been in favour at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Diego Simeone rarely starting him this season.

He will now embark on a new challenge with Wolves in the Premier League.

It is a signing that will have been green-lit by Lopetegui, who has seen Cunha several times up close in Spain.

Official confirmation of the move will not be far off now, and it will be made official in January when the transfer window opens.

What shirt number could Matheus Cunha take at Molineux?

Well with him being an attacker, it’s fairly unlikely he’d want the currently vacant number two or number five shirt.

Cunha currently wears the number nine shirt for Atletico. Obviously, that is Raul Jimenez’s number at Wolves.

Perhaps he would take the Mexican’s number if he was to leave the club in the first few days of the winter window.

After that, numbers 12, 15, 16, 21, 26 and 30 are all available to Cunha.

16 is Conor Coady’s old number. He’s only on loan at Everton, but the expectation is that he will not be coming back to Molineux, with the Toffees holding an option to buy the defender for £4.5 million.

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Cunha has worn the number 21 shirt a couple of times for the Brazil national team, so that may well be his choice. That shirt is currently vacant, but was worn by Fabio Silva before his loan move to Anderlecht.

And in his first season at Hertha Berlin, he wore the number 26 shirt. That has been vacant at Molineux since Hwang Hee-chan changed to number 11 ahead of this season.

If Cunha wanted to go really left-field, he could take the number 70 shirt. That was what he wore in his first season as a professional at FC Sion.

That said, it is not really all that common in English football for experienced first-team players to select high squad numbers.