Jesse Lingard’s ‘salary at FC Seoul has been REVEALED’ in South Korea… with former Man United star closing in on finalising two-year deal
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- The 31-year-old flew to South Korea on Sunday night as he nears a deal
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Jesse Lingard’s reported salary at FC Seoul is doing the rounds in South Korea.
Lingard penned a two-year deal with Seoul after flying out on Sunday night to finalize terms and complete a medical.
The 31-year-old could become the highest-paid player in the K-League if his claimed salary is to be believed.
He could be in line to earn £17,500 a week – or £910,000 a year – according to Chosun Ilbo, via Korea JoongAng Dailytwo of the country’s leading news outlets.
It’s still a huge pay packet, but a far cry from the £100,000-a-week Manchester United contract he signed in 2017.
Former Manchester United star Jesse Lingard is set to earn £17,500-a-week in South Korea if his deal is confirmed
The 31-year-old posted a photo on Instagram with his luggage at the airport on Sunday
Mail Sport’s Sami Mokbel reported that 26 teams were interested in Lingard, including Lazio, but his flight to South Korea suggests he is close to a move there.
Seoul’s manager, Kim Gi-dong, confirmed last week that talks had taken place.
He said: ‘I heard about it two to three weeks ago and I thought it was unrealistic.
“I asked our director of football about it and he answered me: yes, it’s true, we are in contact with the player, but the deal has not been confirmed yet.
“If he comes, of course it will be great for K-League as more foreign fans would be interested in our league.
“And if he comes because he hasn’t played for a while, we have to give him time to adjust rather than expecting an immediate impact.”
The 31-year-old posted a photo on Instagram at the airport on Sunday evening with his JLingz fashion label luggage as he prepared to check-in for a Korean Air flight.
Eyebrows were raised last month when reports suggested Lingard had optimistically offered himself to Barcelona.
Lingard’s one-year contract with Nottingham Forest ended in the summer and he is now looking for a new club
Paul Scholes has come to the rescue of Jesse Lingard on Instagram after the former Man United midfielder posted several pictures of himself working out in the gym.
Scholes showed no mercy to the free agent who has been without a club since July
Should he join Seoul, he would join a short list of Englishmen who have played in the K-League, including Jamie Cureton and Jordan Mutch.
The club’s last four finishes were seventh, ninth, seventh and ninth in a 12-team South Korean league.
He made 20 appearances during his short spell with Forest and scored two goals.
Prior to his visit to the City Ground, Lingard enjoyed an excellent loan spell at West Ham in 2021, scoring an impressive nine goals in his 16 appearances.
Lingard won the Europa League, FA Cup and the Carabao Cup with Manchester United and made 232 appearances for the first team after progressing from the academy.
He also got 32 England caps, the latest of which came in 2021.
Recently, United legend Paul Scholes jokingly hit out at Lingard in his Instagram comments after the winger posted several photos of himself working out in the gym.
Scholes wrote: ‘Are you just going to fuck in the gym or are you actually going to play football?’ The iconic former midfielder later responded to a further post of Lingard training on a pitch, saying: ‘There we go Jess… a ball.