Manchester United have bounced back from a 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur last week with a win at home to Huddersfield Town on Saturday. With the result, the club has cut the lead between them and Manchester City by 13 points.
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United Superstar Given Suspended Prison Sentence for Tax Fraud
Manchester United’s new signing Alexis Sanchez has been given a fine of €590,065 and a 16 month prison sentence by Spanish authorities today over tax fraud relating to his image rights.
Sanchez spent three years in Spain between 2011 to 2014 as a Barcelona player, before leaving for Arsenal at the end of the 2014 World Cup.
He was found guilty of two counts of fraud and admitted concealing his image rights income from the Spanish tax office via companies based overseas.
Because the sentence is less than two years and it being his first offence, the Spanish laws allow it to be suspended — meaning Sanchez will not actually be serving any actual jail time.
The player has already accepted the ruling but his agent, Fernando Felicevich, labelled it “unfair”.
“The prosecution and the Spain tax office have put more than 30 footballers in this exact same situation, accusing them of the same fraud and threatening them with prison sentences,” he wrote in a statement published on Twitter.
“The repeated, continuous and obscene filtering of information during the investigation process has been a violation of the rights of those being processed and are a method of pressuring the players to accept agreements, like that of today, which was leaked to the media.
“On many occasions, there has been no other option but to give in to the pressure and to avoid even greater injustice by accepting unjust agreements like the one accepted today.
“This is what many players and coaches have had to and will continue to have to do. With these circumstances and despite the fact that Alexis has shown that he has committed no crime, we have been obligated, by recommendation of our advisers, to accept a settlement that is not just.
“After seeing the long drawn out process to which players such as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, etc. have been subjected, we have determined that it is better to accept an unfair deal so that we can turn the page rather than continue to be subjected to media and political pressure.”
Sanchez becomes the fifth player to have played for Barcelona and committed a tax fraud, following Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto’o, Javier Mascherano, and Adriano Correia.
United Midfielder Facing Trial for Match Fixing
According to The Sun, Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is facing trial over claims of being involved in alleged match fixing scandal in Spain.
Herrera played for the Spanish side Real Zaragoza from 2009 to ’11, and has been accused of being involved in fixing the outcome of a match between Zaragoza and Levante in the 2010/11 season.
The match occurred during the last day of the season as relegation threatened Zaragoza managed a 2-1 win over Levante, thus avoiding relegation and sending down Deportivo La Coruna to the second division instead.
Hererra has denied all the allegations about wrongdoings, but he is being asked to explain on trail about he is said to have received two large payments from his club, which he is then said to have immediately paid back in cash to his bosses.
Investigators suspect the Zaragoza players returned the cash deposited in their accounts to club managers so it could be passed on to the Levante players.
There are claims anti-corruption prosecutor Alejandro Luzon had named Herrera as the recipient of two cash sums of £44,000 and £35,000.
“I have never and never will have anything to do with the manipulation of the results of matches,” Hererra said when the claims first came out in 2014.
“If I am ever called to testify in a judicial hearing, I will be delighted to attend.”
Investigators in Spain have been looking into the match for past three years, with other 32 players, including the current Atletico Madrid captain Gabi Fernandez, also accused of being involved.
United Interested in Signing £20m Serie A Defender
According to British newspaper Metro, Manchester United are set to battle Chelsea for the signature of Lazio center back Stefan de Vrij.
De Vrij’s contract at Lazio is running out at the end of the season, but is close to agree a renewal with the club which will include a £20 million release clause.
With the summer signing Victor Lindelof failing to meet expectations, Jose Mourinho is desperate to bring in a new center back and eyes de Vrij as a good option.
The 26-year-old started off his career with Feyenoord, spending time at the Eredivisie side from 2009 to 14. He left for Lazio after putting on good performances at the 2014 World Cup with the Netherlands.
The Dutchman has so far appeared in 86 games for Lazio, and helped the club finish fifth in the Serie A last season.
It is understood that the player want a move to England, and is only extending his contract to help Lazio receive a transfer fee once he leaves at the end of the season.
Apart from signing a center back, Mourinho is also keen to add a full back and a midfielder.
He is expected to receive a £150 million in the summer to strength the squad, with the aim being winning the Premier League and the Champions League.
Chelsea is also interested in de Vrij, and has been monitoring the player since last summer.
They were close to make a move for him, but instead opted to sign Antonio Rudiger, who was playing for Lazio’s city rivals Roma at the time.
However, with both Gary Cahill and David Luiz suffering a dip in form, Chelsea are looking to sign another defender, and target de Vrij who will come much cheaper than Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.
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