Manu Tuilagi tipped for huge payday upwards of £750,000-a-year if he makes Japan switch… but he will have to sacrifice his England career
- Manu Tuilagi is after a new club after failing to agree a new deal with Leicester
- Sale could make a move but the centre is being linked with a move to Japan
- Tuilagi could earn more than £750,000 a year with a move to an Asian club
- However, he would have to sacrifice his England career to make the switch
Manu Tuilagi has been told he could earn upwards of £750,000 a year if he sacrificed his England career and moved to Japan.
The centre is looking for a new club after failing to agree cut-price terms with Leicester. Sale are reportedly among the Premiership clubs chasing his signature, however a move to Asia would be the most lucrative option for the 29-year-old.
‘Most Japanese clubs have already filled up their playing roster for next season, but the top earners are getting a million euros a year,’ said a source in Japan. ‘Manu wouldn’t be far off that. He could get at least 850,000 euros.’
Manu Tuilagi is looking for a new club after failing to renew at current club Leicester Tigers
The England star is wanted by clubs across the world but could be set to move to Japan
France is also an option for Tuilagi, but that would also rule him out of future England call-ups.
Wealthy Montpellier owner Mohed Altrad told the Mail on Sunday: ‘We wouldn’t sign him for the current season — it is closed — but maybe the season after. Why not? I’m not saying “Yes” but I’m not saying “No”.
‘It depends on his commitments to the England team. Somebody contacted me about him last year. The calculations show that he would be away for half of the season so it doesn’t work as an investment. It’s a big move for him to stop playing for his country.’
Meanwhile, Adam Jones is a main target for new Ospreys head coach Toby Booth who wants to bring the legendary former Wales prop back to the Liberty Stadium as part of his backroom team.
Booth wants Jones to fulfil a similar role in south Wales to the one he does at Harlequins by working on the Ospreys scrum but the Premiership club are playing hardball over the figure they would accept to release him from his contract at the Stoop.
A move East could land Tuilagi a huge pay rise but he’d have to sacrifice playing for England
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