Former Liverpool captain Jorden Henderson is close to joining Ajax after Saudi side Al-Ettifaq gave him the green light for a permanent transfer.
According to Athletic, the Saudi side Al-Ettifaq has agreed to let English midfielder Jordan Henderson leave the club just six months after joining them. Both parties reportedly have decided to terminate his £700,000-a-week contract.
Athletic claims that Henderson has reached an agreement in principle with Ajax after managing to convince Al-Ettifaq to let him leave. The 33-year-old midfielder already has completed the required paperwork and medical. Earlier in the season, Ajax was at the bottom of the Eredivisie, but they are unbeaten under interim head coach John van ‘t Schip and currently sit in fifth place.
Henderson decided to leave Liverpool and join the Saudi Pro League last summer. He joined Al-Ettifaq for £12 million to play under Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard. Reports suggest that his family has not settled in Saudi Arabia and his wife asked him to leave the Middle East. He is also hopeful that returning to European football will save his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euro 2024.
Henderson provided four assists in 17 matches for Al-Ettifaq in the Saudi Pro League. Gerrard’s side now is in eighth place with just 25 points from 19 matches.