Sanchez in £900,000 tax fraud
Alexis Sanchez is being investigated by Barcelona’s Public Prosecutor for evading almost £900,000 in tax, according to reports in Spain.
The Arsenal star, who started in Tuesday night’s 3-2 Champions League win against Ludogorets, is alleged to have defrauded the Spanish Treasury in 2012 and 2013.
Catalan newspaper El Periodico say that Sanchez, who is believed to earn around £140,000 per week at Arsenal, has been accused of “actively withholding” taxes during his time at Barcelona.
Prosecutor Miguel Angel Perez de Gregorio is said to have signed a complaint against the Chilean, who spent three seasons at the Nou Camp before joining the Gunners in the summer of 2014.
El Periodico claim that Sanchez failed to pay tax due on his image rights after simulating the transfer of them to Numidia Trading, a company based in Malta.
It is said that the 27-year-old evaded £530,000 (587,677 euros) of tax in 2012 and £357,000 (395,766 euros) in 2013 after hiding the existence of Numidia, of which he owned 99 per cent.