May 27, 2024

According to reports, Ajax and former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson are “close” to completing a deal.

Only six months after joining Al-Ettifaq, a Saudi Arabian team that presently sits eighth in the league and is roughly 28 points behind league champions Al-Hilal, Henderson looks to be heading out of the club.

The midfielder could soon see his Middle East nightmare come to an end, however, with The Mirror saying Ajax feel they are closing in on a deal for the 33-year-old as they attempt to salvage a bad season of their own. The KNVB Cup was won by amateur team USV Hercules, and the Dutch powerhouses are now a startling 26 points behind PSV Eindhoven.

According to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, Henderson is not just being eyed by Ajax; Juventus is also interested in the 2019 Champions League winner. The Serie A club is reportedly targeting the England international as a player who has “jumped to the top of the list” in order to bolster their group.

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The article notes that negotiations are “well underway” between Juventus and Henderson’s group, although the period of the loan and its financial conditions have not yet been agreed upon. According to Gazzetta, the Sunderland-born celebrity would be open to forgoing the enormous salaries he currently receives in order to facilitate a transfer.

Commenting on the swift decline of Henderson’s career, former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson told Sky Sports it is not shocking that the player’s transfer to Al-Ettifaq has not gone as expected.

It has sort of worked out, which is why he went [money]. Why would it function? [From a football perspective] There are 2,000 spectators watching him play. You are heading over there mostly for financial gain. While money can be helpful, it cannot bring happiness,” he stated.

“People don’t look at this when you play every other week at Anfield, one of the greatest stadiums in the world. He is a football man who adores the game. Playing for 2,000 or 3,000 people is not the same as playing for 40,000 or 50,000.”

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