Philippe Coutinho has finally been given a shirt number at Barcelona.
But it won’t be the long-rumoured No 7.
Instead, the club have confirmed their new £142 million signing will take the No 14 from Javier Mascherano.
The Argentinian wore the number for seven and a half seasons – before departing on Tuesday for the bright lights of Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune.
There’s certainly been lots of speculation surrounding which number Coutinho will wear at his new club.
The highly desirable No 7 became available shortly after his arrival following Arda Turan move to Istanbul Basaksehir – but rumour has it Barca want to save that for a marquee signing in the summer (*cough* Antoine Griezmann).
Still, there’s nothing wrong with the No 14.
In recent years, the number has been worn by the likes of Jordi Cruyff, Amunike, Gerard Lopez and, of course, Thierry Henry.
Meanwhile, Coutinho is expected to make his long-awaited Barcelona debut on Thursday in their Copa del Rey clash against city-rivals Espanyol.
The game will hold a personal significance to Coutinho, as he spent time on loan with Espanyol in 2012 shortly before his move to Liverpool.
Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has said he will assess the Brazilian’s fitness after training on Wednesday, before he determines whether he’ll make an appearance in the game.
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