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Shirt numbers available to RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano at Chelsea

Amid rumours that Dayot Upamecano could be on his way to Chelsea, Sports Mole looks at what shirt numbers are available for the RB Leipzig centre-back.

Chelsea are reportedly confident of beating Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester United to the signing of RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano.

The 21-year-old has attracted widespread interest following a solid campaign in the Champions League and Bundesliga this season.

It is Frank Lampard's men who are now believed to be best-placed to snap up Upamecano, though, as they look to strengthen their backline.

Here, Sports Mole looks at the numbers available to the Frenchman should he follow Leipzig teammate Timo Werner in making the switch to Stamford Bridge.


RB Leipzig defencer Dayot Upamecano pictured in October 2019© Reuters

Upamecano has been a Leipzig regular for the past four seasons now and has played with the number five on his back in the last three of those.

That shirt is currently occupied at Chelsea by holding midfielder Jorginho, although it may well be freed up should the Italy international depart this summer.

The other number used by Upamecano during his time at the Red Bull Arena is '17', which is also taken by a midfielder - Mateo Kovacic having held it since arriving in 2018.

RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano in Champions League action in November 2019© Reuters

Another common shirt number for centre-backs is 'four', of course, and that is a shirt the former France Under-21s international sported during two seasons with Red Bull Salzburg.

Unsurprisingly, that number is also already in use at Stamford Bridge, with Andreas Christensen - another with an uncertain future - in possession of it since last season.

Another number that Upamecano may be interested in is 'six', and that shirt has been free this season due to Danny Drinkwater's banishment.

Further down the list, '14', '16' and '21' are all currently available.

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RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano in Champions League action in November 2019
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