Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho refutes tax fraud accusations

A court in Madrid is understood to be dealing with the claim.

The Portugal worldwide has been heavily linked with a potential return to Old Trafford this summer after the recent speculation about his future at Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo would seemingly only be willing to join former side Manchester United were he to leave Real Madrid this summer in the wake of tax fraud accusations, effectively giving the Old Trafford club a "free run" at the 32-year-old if they want him. He was in charge of Real Madrid from 2010 to 2013 and the prosecutor is alleging Mourinho that he did not declare image rights income to get "illicit benefit", according to the BBC. "To this date, neither the Spanish tax authorities, nor the public prosecutor have contacted Jose Mourinho or his advisers who were hired for the inspection process".

According to Gestifute, Mourinho "paid more than 26 million euros in taxes, at an average rate above 41 percent and accepted regularisation proposals from the tax authorities in 2015 relating to the years 2011 and 2012, and resolved by agreement his situation for the year 2013". But the tax evasion did not leave Mourinho.

It comes a week after Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was accused of evading €14.7m (£12.9m) in tax through offshore companies between 2011 and 2014.

However, Mourinho is reluctant to sign Ronaldo due to his fractured relationship with the player from his days at Bernabeu.

The 29-year-old is the latest Argentinian player to come under scrutiny from the Spanish tax authorities.

Messi and his father were given 21-month sentences for three counts of tax fraud but did not go to prison, while Mascherano was given a one-year sentence for tax evasion.

  • Julie Sanders