Jordan Henderson is rumoured to have said his goodbyes at Anfield in preparation for a move to Al Ettifaq.
Steven Gerrard’s Saudi Arabian club is set to make the Liverpool captain their first headline signing of the summer.
Henderson’s role at Liverpool has been gradually diminishing, with the England international starting several games off the bench last season as the Reds finished fifth.
Gerrard joined the team as manager in early June, ahead of the start of the domestic Saudi season in a few months.
After weeks of speculation, Sky Sports News now believes that the transaction is likely to close and Henderson has said his goodbyes.
Henderson won every major trophy at Anfield
Henderson’s 12-year spell at Anfield, where he has won seven major accolades, including captaining the club to Champions League and Premier League triumph, will come to an end.
According to the source, a £13 million deal is anticipated to be finalized before the end of the week, making the 33-year-old yet another midfielder to leave the club this summer.
Thiago Alcantara has been linked with a move away from Merseyside, so Henderson may not be the last to leave.
According to Fichajes, the Spaniard might return to the country he represents internationally, with Real Sociedad and Sevilla also showing interest.
Thiago’s contract expires in a year, therefore this would be the final window in which Liverpool might collect a price for the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich player.
Thiago left Spanish football to join the Bundesliga powers a decade ago, but at 32, he could now return, with La Real thought to be the current favourites to sign him.
Thiago’s Liverpool career has been plagued by injuries, as he only made 18 league games last season and has yet to feature in the club’s pre-season.
Henderson and Thiago might join a long list of midfielders who have already gone this summer, including Naby Keita, James Milner, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
In the meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp has found alternatives, signing Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai in the early weeks of the transfer window.
Fabinho’s exit, on the other hand, may be put on hold, with the Brazilian’s deal to Al-Ittihad potentially in risk.
According to David Ornstein, talks are still underway, with both parties confident of reaching a deal, but the 29-year-old will return to training on Wednesday if an agreement is not reached before then.
The transaction was reported to be worth around £40 million, but issues in the transfer process have caused it to fall through for the time being.
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