Rumours of discontent among some stars in the Saudi Pro League could see opportunistic clubs pounce in the January transfer window. Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are among those who could capitalise, with the trio of London clubs linked to three Saudi-based stars reportedly ready to cut their Middle-Eastern adventure short.
Jordan Henderson’s move to Al-Ettifaq was one of the stories of the summer. The lucrative deal saw one former Liverpool captain join up with another, but manager Steven Gerrard has struggled to convert big-name signings into Saudi Pro League points.
With only six wins from 19 league games, Al-Ettifaq are a staggering 28 points off the pace of runaway leaders Al-Hilal. To rub salt into the wounds, it has been widely reported that Henderson now wants to return to Europe after only six months.
According to The Sun, Chelsea are among those on high alert in case the chance to sign Henderson presents itself. The likes of Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich have also been linked.
Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino has hinted at the need for experience in his dressing room, and Champions League winner Henderson would certainly bring that to Stamford Bridge.
Another player believed to be unhappy in Saudi is Al-Ittihad winger Jota. A frantic transfer window from the reigning league champions saw the Portuguese fail to make it into their Saudi Pro League squad, limiting him to appearances solely in the Asian Champions League.
With Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah failing to come up with the goods in front of goal, the Gunners are rumoured to be keeping an eye out for opportunities to sign a new striker. The availability of an unsettled Karim Benzema could therefore prove enticing to Mikel Arteta.
Although Arsenal are yet to make a concrete move for the Real Madrid legend, ex-Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has talked up what he would bring to the side. At 36 years old, Benzema would not be a long-term solution for Arteta, but the chance to bring him to the Premier League could prove too tempting to pass up as the title run-in looms.