Jordan Henderson is yet to earn a penny of his £350,000-a-week wages at Al-Ettifaq after deferring payments
The English midfielder, Jordan Henderson, has terminated his deal at Steven Gerrard’s Saudi Pro League side, and is set to return to Europe after agreeing a free transfer to join struggling Eredivisie giants Ajax.
The former Liverpool captain spent just six months in Saudi Arabia, with reports suggesting his family were unable to settle, believed to be part of the reason for his return to Europe.
It is however not so simple as agreeing a deal at a new club in Europe, and now Henderson is facing a tax bill worth millions as a result of the sensational U-turn after just six months.
Now, the player has not even received a penny of his mouth-watering £350,000-a-week wages, having deferred payments in the last six months.
Worse still, the report suggests that according to certain sources close to the player, there is a belief that Henderson will never be paid what he is owed.
It is thought that the reason for deferring his wages was done for tax reasons, reportedly having done so in part to return to the UK and represent England.
UK law stipulates that any person that spends more than 90 days in the country is considered a resident for tax purposes.
Moreover, the player is thought to have been advised he was due three weeks pro rata in the UK in order to still be considered a non-resident, with the limit on his ability to spend time back home a key reason for the deferral.
As such, he is still to see a penny of the money he earned during his brief spell in Saudi Arabia, and sources claim it is unlikely he ever will.
Initially, Henderson was eyeing a move away from Al-Ettifaq, before his contract was ultimately terminated by mutual agreement on Tuesday.
The Saudi club are understood to have reluctantly agreed to let Henderson leave during negotiations at the club’s winter training camp in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, with the 33-year-old securing the crucial concession that they would not demand a fee.
Henderson has represented himself during the negotiations and is expected to conclude a deal with Ajax in the next few days. An agreement has yet to be reached on the length of his contract, but that is not thought to be a sticking point.
It is understood Ajax are looking to offer him an 18-month deal with the option for a further 12, which could be tweaked into a permanent two-and-a-half year deal.
A few details remain to be ironed out but if everything was to go to plan, he could end up making his debut at Heracles on January 27.
The Dutch giants have pushed hard to secure a deal for Henderson, with caretaker coach John van’t Schip confirming their interest following his side’s win at Go Ahead Eagles on Sunday.
‘I can confirm the club and Henderson are talking,’ said Van’t Schip. ‘He has to deal with his club now.’