On the deadline day of the winter transfer window, FC Schalke 04 surprised by signing Dong-gyeong Lee. The “Korea Messi”, as he has been dubbed several times in various media reports, is initially on loan from Ulsan Hyundai until the summer. Details of the deal with the offensive all-rounder have now become known.
According to a report by “Sport Bild”, it is contractually stipulated when FC Schalke can, and even have to, sign the 24-year-old in the summer.
According to the information from the specialist magazine, the South Korean national player is obliged to buy if he makes at least seven appearances for the Gelsenkirchen team at the end of the season. 13 matchdays are still to come in the 2nd Bundesliga, after 21 matches the traditional club currently ranks 5th in the second division.
In the event of an obligation to buy, the Royal Blues would have to transfer one million euros to Ulsan Hyundai if promotion were to be at the end of the season. If FC Schalke misses the return to the German football league and Lee still gets to the seven games of the season mentioned, 600,000 euros would still be due.
Lee can imagine staying at FC Schalke 04 in the long term
According to the media report, the player himself should be able to imagine a final move to the Ruhr area club all too well. Lee is said to have already registered for a language course, and his partner is said to be moving to Germany in the near future.
So far, the offensive man, who has already played eleven senior international matches for South Korea, is still waiting for his first competitive game for FC Schalke.
The left-footed player was not in the squad for the close 2-1 home win of Gelsenkirchen against Jahn Regensburg last weekend, but followed the game from the stands.