Ajax could offer Jordan Henderson Saudi escape route and answer to £3m tax headache

Jordan Henderson of Al-Ettifaq looks on during the Saudi Pro League match between Al-Hilal and Al-Ettifaq at Prince Faisal Bin Fahad on August 28, 2023 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabi
It is believed that Jordan Henderson has not enjoyed his time in Saudi Arabia - Getty Image/Francois Nel

Ajax are understood to have already made contact with Jordan Henderson’s camp in a bid to sign the midfielder on loan during this transfer window.

Sources in the Netherlands claim that Ajax believe they do have a realistic chance of bringing in the England international, who is looking to cut short his five-month stint at Saudi Pro-League club Al-Ettifaq.

There has been interest expressed in him across Europe, with a Bundesliga club believed to have also made contact. Premier League clubs are monitoring the situation but, as revealed by Telegraph Sport, Henderson will risk having to pay more than £3 million in taxes back to HMRC should he return to the UK to work this month.

It suggests that his best option, financially, would therefore be to stay out of England for the full tax year and Ajax are in the market for an experienced midfielder who can bring leadership to their young team.

It is believed the 33-year-old, whose signing prompted condemnation from LGBT+ groups who claimed he had lost the respect of a community he had championed, has not enjoyed the move but is also primarily concerned about losing his place in the England squad for this summer’s European Championship.

Sources close to Ajax suggested that Henderson is looking for the right club and is not looking for the most lucrative move. In saying that it would be impossible for Ajax to even remotely compete in terms of matching his £350,000-a-week wages at Al-Ettifaq and a significant compromise would have to be reached.

It is understood that Henderson’s only hope of leaving the Saudi league during this transfer window is if he appeals to his club directly when he is due to return there next month. Even then his transfer is likely to only be a loan but Ajax are hopeful talks can take place.

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