Despite beginning pre-season training with Liverpool, skipper Jordan Henderson is considering leaving for Saudi Arabia.
As Chris Bascombe at the Telegraph reports, the captain is 'being wooed by Steven Gerrard’s Al-Ettifaq’, and what a surprise move it could be. Henderson returned to training yesterday alongside his Liverpool teammates as Jurgen Klopp’s side look ahead to what they hope will be a redemption season.
The midfielder has been seen on social media posting pictures of his physical state, and it’s certain to say Henderson is in tip-top condition as he looks to lead Liverpool back to where they were before last season and to winning trophies. The work in the off-season suggests that this is his aim, however like many who have already made the switch over to Saudi Arabia, Henderson may follow and quit Anfield. Jordan's decision is ‘expected shortly’ said the Telegraph and we will see if the former Liverpool captain and legend of the club Gerrard can lure the current leader to join him.
Henderson has won everything possible with Liverpool in his 12-year association with the Merseyside club and at 33-years-old he could be off to secure an eye-watering wage heading towards the conclusion of his career.
He’d be a big miss for Liverpool, which some may not understand. Fans last year were quick to slate the captain and count him as part of the ‘dead wood’ which needs moving on. Though it was apparent Liverpool struggled in the midfield area in the last term the skipper remains an integral part of the squad and Jurgen Klopp’s ambitions.
Henderson is the work-horse in the midfield, he does the dirty work and most of the time his battling and effect on the game goes unnoticed. To lose the captain who embodies everything that LFC are about would have knock-on effects. You only have to watch videos on Liverpool FC’s official YouTube channel to see the respect members of the squad have for Henderson and what his presence in the squad means.
It’s not surprising that Gerrard is pursuing a player like Henderson - someone he knows well and will be confident in being able to approach and secure. But, surely with the disappointment of last year the skipper will want to be a part of Liverpool’s side for this season as they look to right the wrong.
His work away from the field certainly suggests he’s ready for the fight at Liverpool and to lead his side to glory again, but with the Saudi lure and dominance they have in the transfer window at the moment, you can never be certain.
Moreover, Fulham striker Alexander Mitrovic wants to leave his London club for Al Hilal as the Saudi side have placed a £25.5m bid.
Mitrovic has been a key player for Fulham over the years and netted 14 Premier League goals last season as the Cottages defied odds that may have been against them and survived with ease, finishing in the top half of the table.
However, Mitrovic wants out, and according to Sky Sports is keen to join up with Al Hilal who’ve already added Ruben Neves and Kalidou Koulibaly to their squads in this transfer window which the Saudi clubs have dominated. And, he could leave for £0.5m more than Fulham signed the 28-year-old for. The Serbian forward initially joined Fulham back in February 2018 on loan before signing for £25m later that year.
Mitrovic has played a big role for Fulham over the years he’s been with the club as they secured two promotions to the Premier League from the Championship, and although the striker still has a lot to give and plenty of goals in him, he could be another star set to leave the Premier League.
Another striker from a London club could also be on their way, but this move will definitely carry more significance should it happen. Tottenham Hotspur captain Harry Kane is to meet with new boss Ange Postecoglou on Wednesday and will most definitely be discussing his future with the club. The Spurs skipper has ‘not closed off any avenue’ according to Sky Sports and Bayern Munich have held talks with Tottenham over the signing of
the England captain.
Spurs have made it clear they are not willing to sell Kane, and there can’t be many Spurs fan’s that would be pleased to see him go. Daniel Levy is reluctant to let the 29-year-old who has one year left on his contract leave and is not willing to entertain Bayern’s £70m figure that they are looking to pay. If new boss Postecoglou can convince Kane to stay then we could see him sign a new contract worth £400,000 a week. Elsewhere, reports in Italy suggest that 22-year-old Gianluca Scammacca would be keen to work under Roma boss Joe Mourinho if he returns to Serie A as former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will be offered £128m over three years to join a club in Saudi Arabia from Juventus.
Chelsea have delayed Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s return to training as the trio are set to leave, while the Blues are preparing an offer for Lyon’s 19-year-old Rayan Cherki. But, Lyon are determined to keep hold of the French forward despite reports that they might have to sell the youngster alongside other players this summer to balance the books. Speculation suggests that Everton are interested in Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga as the Red Devils are stepping up their efforts to sign Andre Onana and are edging closer to an agreement with Inter Milan for the 27-year-old Cameroon international. And, talking of Manchester United goalkeepers, Nottingham Forest are in talks with Erik ten Hag’s club regarding a deal for Dean Henderson.
Finally, it’s all gone quiet recently regarding Declan Rice and his proposed move to Arsenal. The Gunners are hopeful of completing the transfer of the 24-year-old midfielder before the squad fly to the USA for their pre-season tour on Sunday. We still don’t know if Rice will be playing Champions League football next year, or whether he will stay with his UEFA Europa Conference League winning side who he led to glory. The Gunners have also joined Spurs and Chelsea in wanting Celta Vigo’s 21-year-old midfielder Gabri Veiga. The Spaniard was linked with PSG but French media has reported that the Ligue 1 champions are not interested.