Romelu Lukaku has revealed he will wear the No.9 shirt at Manchester United.
The Belgian’s move to Old Trafford from Everton is expected to be confirmed imminently after the clubs agreed a £75million fee for the transfer.
Wayne Rooney has gone in the other direction and will wear No.10 at Everton, fuelling rumours the pair could be set for a straight swap.
But Lukaku will wear the No.9 jersey vacated by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The front man even admitted he asked the Swede’s permission to take his number.
Lukaku said: “I asked the permission of Zlatan. I want to thank him, as well for allowing me to wear that number”
Philip Brown from NBC secured an interview with Lukaku after the striker had completed his medical ahead of hiss witch to Old Trafford.
The exchange is yet to be broadcast, but Brown revealed the spoiler on his Twitter account.
“People claiming Lukaku will wear the number 10 shirt are false,” he posted. “He won’t.”
He added: “@RomeluLukaku9 welcome to @ManUtd #newnumber9.”
United’s No.9 shirt has a mixed history, notably being worn by Andy Cole with great success.
Other inhabitants of the shirt include Anthony Martial, Louis Saha, Dimitar Berbatov and Radamel Falcao.