Jordan Henderson could soon be on his way out of Saudi Arabia as he looks to push through an exit at Al-Ettifaq following a nightmare spell with the club. The England international only made the controversial move in the summer but is already looking for a way out and his hopes have since been boosted.
Ajax coach John van’ t Schip has outlined that the club are looking to sign the former Liverpool skipper just six months on from his summer move to Saudi Arabia.
Prior to Ajax’s Eredivisie clash against Go Ahead Eagles, in which they won 3-2, the Ajax boss told ESPN: “There is serious talk going on with Henderson. He still has some things to arrange in Saudi Arabia.
“It could be a nice match. It’s no secret that we could really use that type of player. Other guys can benefit from that.” According to ESPN, Ajax are only willing to spend a small transfer sum and aren’t keen on sealing a loan move for the 33-year-old.
But Al-Ettifaq, who are languishing in eighth in the Saudi Pro League, won’t be willing to let the midfield veteran leave easily given he has only just moved to the club.
Henderson is eyeing the exit door for multiple reasons, including the low standard of football in Saudi Arabia, small crowds within stadiums while he is also desperate to move back to Europe ahead of Euro 2024.
Henderson knows his position in the England squad is under some threat unless he is back playing among Europe’s best again, and Gareth Southgate will be keeping a close eye on his movements going forward.
If Ajax were able to get Henderson on the cheap, it would be a very smart deal given his vast experience and successful career to date at the top of European football.
The ex-Liverpool skipper, who won the Champions League, the Premier League and FA Cup as captain under Jurgen Klopp, would bring some much-needed reliability to Ajax’s midfield as they look to keep momentum going following a disastrous start to the season.