Stop me if you’ve heard this before: a big name who spent some time in Spain has been accused of tax fraud. This time, it’s former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, who is accused of defrauding Spain of €3.3m between 2011 and 2012. Mourinho has not yet responded to the accusation. A prosecutor said that Mourinho did not declare income from “image rights” to get an “illegal benefit,“ similar to the situation Cristiano Ronaldo is in right now.
Croatian and Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric could face up to five years in prison, as Croatian investigators are looking into possible perjury on suspicion of a false testimony. Modric testified in a criminal trial last week about his financial deals with a former Dynamo Zagreb director charged with embezzlement and tax fraud. He testified as a witness, as the director and three other senior officials are accused of not paying 12.2m Kuna (£1.44m) in taxes, plus moving 116 million Kuna (£13.7m) from the club.
Liverpool are close to signing Roma and Egypt winger Mohamed Salah for a club record £39m. The 25-year-old will come back to the Premier League, after moving to Chelsea from Basel in 2014. He started only six games for Chelsea, then had loans at Fiorentina and Roma. The Roma deal was made permanent last summer for around £15m, and Jurgen Klopp has been keen on signing him since the start of the transfer window. The deal is reported to be for four years, and would make him the most expensive African player ever, right ahead of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.
FIFA has sent a warning to the Mexican Football Federation about anti-gay slurs heard from the stands in a Confederations Cup match against Portugal on Sunday. Mexico has been sanctioned in the past for similar chants, and warnings were made before the start of the tournament that incidents would be “forwarded to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee for review and potential action.”
Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, on the heels of rumors that they will target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, are reportedly more interested in Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez. The 28-year-old Chilean has been rumored for a departure from the Emirates stadium this summer, with Bayern, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain also interested. Manager Arsene Wenger has said he is reluctant to sell to a direct rival, preferring to keep Sanchez first, or send him abroad. While City is reportedly ready to pay £40 million for him, Sanchez has left his future up to his agent while he plays at the Confederations Cup.
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