Alexis Sanchez Accepts Deal For Tax Fraud
Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez has struck a deal with Spanish authorities to accept a 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud in return for avoiding a trial.
According to reports, Sanchez, who joined United from Arsenal last month, faced being tried over the fraud of €983 000 linked to image rights during his time at Spanish giants Barcelona.
Prosecutors said the 29-year-old Chilean forward had failed to declare any proceeds from the exploitation of his image rights in 2012 and 2013 and had also failed to declare that he was the owner of a company set up in Malta, Numidia Trading Limited, which owned the rights.
Sanchez scored 47 goals in 141 appearances for Barcelona before leaving in 2014 to join Arsenal.
He is rumoured to be the highest paid player in the Premier League following his move to United, reportedly earning around £500 000 a week before tax.
Sanchez is one of a number of high-profile players to have fallen foul of the tax authorities in Spain.
Last month, Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric paid Spanish fiscal authorities close to 1m euro to settle his own image rights tax case.
Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronald have also faced tax charges in recent years.