Park Ji-sung will leave Manchester United for another English Premier League outfit, West London-based Queens Park Rangers (QPR). The BBC's online edition reported on Saturday, "Queens Park Rangers have agreed a deal to sign midfielder Park Ji-sung from Manchester United. The agreement, which could potentially be worth £5m, will see QPR pay an initial transfer fee of £2m for the 31-year-old."
Goal.com reported on Sunday that Park will undergo a medical test on Monday, but said it "understands the Red Devils will only receive an extra £2.5m should QPR avoid relegation from the Premier League for a second consecutive season."
Although the trade could still break down at the last minute if Park fails his medical, QPR is getting ready to welcome him. The club will hold a press conference in London's Millbank Tower on Monday to discuss its transfer deals as well as plans to build a new stadium.
Meanwhile, Park left Korea one day earlier than planned and arrived at London's Heathrow Airport on Sunday morning. He declined to give any interviews and left the airport immediately.
QPR was founded in 1882 and is based in White City, west London. It has been overshadowed in the last decade by big-name local rivals such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham. But ever since Air Asia Chairman Tony Fernandes of Malaysia took over last August, the club has been making steps to write a new chapter in its storied history.
Last August, Park renewed his contract with United until June 2013 and expressed his desire to end his career with the team. Park's father said, "If Ji-sung makes at least 40 percent of the team's games next season, the contract will automatically be renewed for another year. If so, Ji-sung will probably remain there until 2014 when he retires."
Although Park could have rejected the proposed trade, it seems he has chosen to take on a new challenge. Last season, he played 28 games for United but scored just three goals. Meanwhile, in games against big clubs, he typically found himself warming the bench.
Park has been vying with Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia for a spot on the wings, and was edged out by veterans Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs in the midfield. Japan's young star Shinji Kagawa, who made a huge splash in Germany's Bundesliga last season, also presented a new threat after he recently signed with the club. As such, the QPR deal may have given Park a lifeline to keep playing in Europe's grittiest league for the next two or three years.
QPR's generous offer is also likely to have made an impression on Park. He earned up to W160 million (90,000 pounds) a week last season with United, and will still rank among QPR's top earners, according to The Sun. He "just needs to agree personal terms to clinch a three-year £60,000-a-week deal," reported the British tabloid.