The outspoken Sweden international has his heart set on his favorite number at his new club despite the fact that it already belongs to one his teammatesZlatan Ibrahimovic is adamant that he wants the No.10 shirt at new club Paris Saint-Germain, even though it is currently assigned to Nene.
The former AC Milan striker wears the 10 when playing for Sweden but has frequently been blocked from possessing the number by other players at club level; including Rafael van der Vaart at Ajax, Alessandro Del Piero at Juventus, Adriano at Inter, Lionel Messi at Barcelona, and Clarence Seedorf at Milan.
Following Seedorf's departure from the San Siro, Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani had promised the Swede the number he craved but his transfer to the French capital has made that pact void.
When he was introduced to the press upon completion of his transfer to PSG, Ibrahimovic said: "Nothing has been decided regarding my number, but if the leaders want to please me, they know what to do."
But the club's sporting director Leonardo has admitted that no decision has yet been made as it could well involve the sale of Nene.
"We have not decided yet, it will take the departure of another player," he said, according to Le Parisien.
The Brazilian, who finished last season as the joint-highest scorer in Ligue 1, had been heavily linked with a move to Corinthians in recent weeks but the club opted to retain his services for the time being.
PSG striker Guillaume Hoarau has attempted to act as a peacemaker by offering his No.9 shirt to Ibrahimovic, but only if he adhered to one stipulation.
"If he asks me in French, yes I will let him [have the No.9]. It is the condition," Hoarau joked to L'Equipe.