Jordan Henderson is closing in on a return to European soccer with Ajax after reaching an settlement to go away Al Ettifaq, in keeping with a report.
The midfielder controversially signed for the Saudi Professional League facet in the summertime of 2023, leaving Liverpool after a massively profitable 12-year spell.
Henderson was beforehand seen as a significant ally for the LGBTQ+ group, however his transfer to Saudi Arabia – the place homosexuality is outlawed and punishable by demise – broke these ties. He insisted the transfer was to assist elevate the profile of a rising league.
Nevertheless, experiences emerged early in January that Henderson was unsettled within the Center East, and 90min revealed last week he was set for showdown talks with Al Ettifaq bosses wherein he was prone to ask for a transfer again to Europe.
David Ornstein of The Athletic now experiences Henderson has reached an settlement with Al Ettifaq to go away the membership and he’s now on the verge of becoming a member of Dutch giants Ajax on a everlasting deal.
Ajax have limped via the 2023/24 marketing campaign to this point and had been vulnerable to being dragged right into a relegation battle in the course of the autumn and early winter months beneath head coach Maurice Steijn. He has since been changed by John van ‘t Schip on an interim foundation till the tip of the season.
Regardless of their poor begin to the 12 months, Ajax have now climbed again as much as fifth within the Eredivisie desk and are 9 factors off a Champions League place, whereas a third-place end of their Europa League group has seen them drop into the Europa Convention League. They’ll tackle Norwegian facet Bodo/Glimt in a two-legged knockout spherical play-off.
READ THE LATEST TRANSFER NEWS & GOSSIP FROM AROUND THE WORLD