José Mourinho accused of £2.9m tax fraud

The 32-year-old Real Madrid player has denied evading tax of £13m between 2011 and 2014, and the club subsequently issued a statement claiming it has "full confidence" in Ronaldo.

Last week, Cristiano Ronaldo was accused by prosecutors in Spain of defrauding Spanish authorities of $16.4 million in tax between 2011 and 2014.

Ronaldo's trouble coincided with the same Madrid-based prosecutor's office accusing Mourinho of two counts of tax fraud.

Ronaldo is now at the Confederations Cup with Portugal in Russian Federation. Mourinho left Real Madrid in 2013 to manage Chelsea for a second spell before signing with United a year ago. Last year Barcelona player Lionel Messi and father Jorge were convicted of tax fraud to the tune of 4.1 million Euros on his image rights which were controlled by offshore companies in Belize and Uruguay.

Unhappy Ronaldo has been linked to Manchester United and other top clubs after reportedly threatening to leave Real and quit Spain after running into problems with tax authorities. "I don't have any solution but Cristiano, like everyone else, has a contract and is a Real Madrid player", Perez told radio station "Onda Cero".

"I've not spoken with Nasser (Al-Khelaifi, PSG president) or with anybody", Perez said. Right now he is a Madrid player.

Los Blancos have been targeting de Gea for years now and if Ronaldo really wants to leave they will have to consider this deal.

Speaking about Ronaldo's reported desire to leave the club, Perez added: "Not I, nor anyone at Madrid, is contemplating that Cristiano could leave the club".

His first big challenge is keeping Ronaldo at the club he joined in 2009 from Manchester United for a record 94 million euros ($105.3 million).

With Antoine Griezmann no longer an option because of Atlético Madrid's transfer ban, Álvaro Morata became Manchester United's primary attacking target this summer as they look to replace Zlatan Ibrahimović.

  • Julie Sanders