He’s not even through the door at Old Trafford yet, but Jadon Sancho’s arrival at Manchester United risks rubbing one of his teammates up the wrong way already.
It was reported on Wednesday that a deal to end the long-running transfer saga of recent memory had been reached, with United settling on an initial £72.6million fee with Borussia Dortmund for the winger.
United have been chasing Sancho for over a year and made him their main priority after narrowly missing out on his signature last summer.
Dortmund eventually relented and reduced their asking price, while also sticking to their gentleman’s agreement with the player.
And it seems United are now willing to give Sancho his favoured shirt number, despite it currently being held by Edinson Cavani.
According to The Metro , Sancho is set to be handed the iconic number seven shirt by United, following in the footsteps of fan favourites and club legends George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Big boots to fill.
Sadly, that also means Cavani’s chance at making his own history in the coveted jersey is up, as he now looks set to be handed a different number.
It may not come as a huge loss to the Uruguayan, given he has only been in the number seven for a season, and had not worn it since his days at Napoli and Palermo almost a decade ago.
But he had spoke of his “great pride” at donning the shirt upon signing for the club, and after stalling over signing a new one-year deal due to concerns over his involvement next season, Cavani may be slightly aggrieved that he is already being pushed to one side.
Such discussions normally take place between manager and player, and there is every likelihood Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cleared it with Cavani first that Sancho can be handed the No.7 for next season.
Yet that might not be the only impact Sancho has on Cavani’s time at the club.
With the 21-year-old arriving to fill the right-wing slot in United’s front three, that leaves Mason Greenwood with less opportunities to play in that role, and gives Ole Gunner Solskjaer a greater selection headache with who to play as his lead striker.
Solskjaer has already shown his ruthless side when Cavani was drafted in to replace Odion Ighalo months before the Nigerian was due to depart.
The signing of Sancho represents a new era for United, one which long-term does not include veteran Cavani, who is expected to leave at the end of next season when his contract expires.
And Cavani could yet have further competition for his place, as Solskjaer stated after the 34-year-old had signed his new deal in May that their search for a new striker was not over.
“I am very happy that it has happened,” Solskjaer said.
“But that does not mean that we are not looking for someone who can challenge or learn from him.”