Man United star handed 16-month prison sentence for tax fraud

Man United star handed 16-month prison sentence for tax fraud

Alexis Sanchez, Manchester United’s latest recruit, was on Wednesday handed a 16-month prison sentence for tax fraud during his time at Barcelona.

The Chilean admitted defrauding Spanish tax authorities of £900,000 from image rights during his time with the Catalan football giants.

The 29-year-old has been fined €590,065 and will also repay the money to the authorities. He will, however, avoid a jail sentence if he does not commit a crime in the next two years.

The Chilean had set up a Maltese company called Numidia Trading in a tax avoidance scheme to stop paying on his image rights deals between 2012 and 2013.

The former Barcelona star was represented in court by the same lawyer who defended his former teammate Javier Mascherano on similar charges.

Sanchez recently completed his move to Old Trafford from Arsenal in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading the other way.

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The 29-year-old Sanchez, who was out of contract at Arsenal at the end of the season, joined the Old Trafford club after local rivals Manchester City had pulled out of the race.

He scored 80 goals in 166 appearances after the London club paid 35 million pounds for him in July 2014, and won the FA Cup in 2015 and 2017, scoring in both finals.