After months of speculation and free agency exploration, former Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has finally found his next destination: South Korea’s FC Seoul. While the official announcement is pending, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano confirmed the deal, igniting curiosity about the English star’s lucrative salary in the K-League.
Following his departure from Nottingham Forest at the end of the 2023/24 season, Lingard sparked transfer rumors across continents. He trained with various clubs, including West Ham United and Saudi Arabian outfit Al Ettifaq, hinting at diverse options. MLS clubs also reportedly expressed interest, but ultimately, the allure of South Korea emerged victorious.
While specific details of the contract remain confidential, Romano’s cryptic “mega-money move” remark suggests a significant financial package awaits Lingard. Rumors floating around Korean media cite figures ranging from a hefty signing bonus to an annual salary exceeding €3 million.
This substantial compensation reflects Lingard’s experience and pedigree. Despite limited playing time at Manchester United, he boasts 232 appearances across all competitions, bagging 35 goals, including the iconic FA Cup final winner against Crystal Palace in 2016. He also enjoyed a successful loan spell at West Ham, where he was revitalized and even earned player of the year honors.
Lingard’s arrival in the K-League marks a significant development for the competition. His Premier League experience and international stature are set to attract further attention and potentially pave the way for other high-profile signings. For Lingard, it’s an opportunity to reinvigorate his career in a new environment, showcasing his talent and potentially propelling the K-League onto a bigger stage.
The official announcement and unveiling of Lingard’s contract details are eagerly awaited.