Ex-Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard is on the verge of a surprising transfer to FC Seoul in South Korea.
The 31-year-old has reportedly verbally agreed to a two-year deal with a possible extension, and he is expected to fly out to finalize the move in the coming days.
As a free agent since departing Nottingham Forest last summer, Jesse Lingard received offers from Saudi Arabia and Turkey. However, he chose a move to South Korea, finding it the most intriguing option.
Having joined Manchester United at seven, Lingard is reportedly seeking a fresh start in a new country.
Jesse Lingard’s unexpected move follows his decision to part ways with his agents, including family members, as he seeks opportunities with a new club.
Growing increasingly frustrated, Lingard, since leaving Nottingham Forest, was disappointed as numerous contract offers and inquiries failed to materialize.
In October, Jesse Lingard nearly joined Saudi Arabian team Al Ettifaq, but the deal fell through at the last minute.
The collapse of the move to Al Ettifaq contributed to Lingard’s decision to completely break ties with his agents earlier this month, seeking a new direction.
Despite the setback in Saudi Arabia, Lingard persisted in training with Steven Gerrard’s team. He has maintained a rigorous training routine in the hopes of securing a new club.
Jesse Lingard faced criticism from Manchester United legend Paul Scholes this month after posting gym workout photos on social media.
In response to Lingard’s gym workout posts, the 49-year-old Scholes commented.
“Are you just going to fool around in the gym, or are you going to actually play football?”
Lingard’s most recent game was in April for Nottingham Forest. There, he made 20 appearances and scored twice during the last season under a 12-month deal.