Gerard Deulofeu might have just dented West Ham United’s reported chase of his transfer, as the Spaniard is ‘doing my best’ to honour the No.10 jersey worn by past Udinese icons.
I Bianconeri handed the 28-year-old the shirt last summer after selling Rodrigo de Paul to Atletico Madrid for £30m. Deulofeu had worn the No.9 jersey upon joining the Serie A side from Watford in 2020, initially on loan before completing a €17m (£14m) move in January.
De Paul owned the number across five seasons at the Dacia Arena, in which the midfielder scored 33 and created 33 Italian top-flight goals. Before him, it was the turn of club legend Antonio Di Natale between 2004 and 2016, who scored 191 and created 57 in 385 outings.
Deulofeu is now doing what he can to merit the No.10 jersey with 10 goals and two assists over 26 appearances so far this season. His efforts have also come from across the attack, with strikes on both wings and through the centre. Of his outings, 15 have been at striker.
West Ham admire what Deulofeu has offered Udinese this term and are now among a raft of sides plotting transfers. Calciomercato report the Irons have spoken to I Bianconeri over his availability. But Messaggero Veneto add rival interest from Marseille, Real Betis and Sevilla.
A deal would be expected to cost around €15-18m (£12.5-15m), per Matteo Moretto, who notes Deulofeu earns €3m-a-year (£48k-a/w) net. While Mundo Deportivo have suggested West Ham are interested in the Udinese star as a potential replacement for Jarrod Bowen.
West Ham target Gerard Deulofeu ‘doing my best’ to honour No.10 Udinese jersey
But Deulofeu may have put a dent in West Ham’s transfer plans after sharing how much it means to him to wear the famed No.10 Udinese jersey, via quotes by TuttoMercatoWEB.
“Wearing the No.10 jersey gives me a lot of energy,” he said. “It is a strong jersey that in the past has been honoured by many champions. One of them was De Paul, who I played with last year. It is an honour for me to wear it, and I am doing my best to honour it.”