Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for committing tax fraud during his time as a player in Barcelona.
The Independent Sport reports that the Chilean was accused of defrauding the Spanish Treasury of €1m (£890,000) while at the Catalan side in 2012 to 2013 by using a shell company in Malta to avoid being taxed on the image rights he was earning.
Although another source disclosed that the Chilean set up the company in Malta himself to enable him avoid paying tax, but it has been confirmed that he had pleaded guilty to the charges leveled against him by Spanish tax authorities.
The Independent Sport further disclosed that the former Barcelona forward reached an agreement with the Office of the Attorney General and the State Attorney where paid back all the money plus tax and a 16-month sentence, although he will not serve any jail time.
However, Mirror Sport reported that the United forward appeared gloomy when he went for training today at United’s Aon training complex, alongside other stars including David De Gea, Romelu Lukaku, and Paul Pogba.