14 January 2024
English midfielder Jordan Henderson is set to pack his bags for Turin, according to Corriere dello Sport. However, the move is on hold while Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri decides whether the addition of Henderson could potentially upset the harmony within his team.
Allegri commented, “It is crucial to reflect at this point”, and added, “because if we tamper with what’s working well, we might risk ruining everything”. The coach’s words indicate the delicate balance that has to be maintained in a unit like Juventus, which seeks to win yet another Serie A title.
However, with Juventus currently locked in a head-to-head battle for the top spot with Inter Milan, many observers would see value in bringing a new face onboard. Especially, given the considerable €160m value difference between the squads of the two clubs. Further, with Paul Pogba currently sidelined due to doping allegations, and Nicolò Fagioli out on account of betting charges, an addition like Henderson seems logical. Yet, maintaining equilibrium within the team is a high priority for Allegri in the present season.
The hold-up on this potential transfer also stems from considerations relating to liquidity index, in addition to ongoing discussions between the management and the coach. It’s speculated that if Moise Kean along with Andrea Ranocchia were to leave, the accounts could be balanced.
Henderson, who is identified as a considerable reinforcement for the midfield, waits for the green light to leave the Saudi Arabian club, Al-Ettifaq. The Englishman reportedly has an agreement with Juventus’ Sporting Director Cristiano Giuntoli and is ready to make the move at short notice.
This potential transition comes at a time when Henderson might risk missing a spot in Euro 2024, with his current team Al-Ettifaq, coached by Steven Gerrard, placed eighth in the Saudi Arabian league, 28 points behind leaders Al-Hilal.