Alexis Sanchez accepts jail sentence

Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez has accepted a 16-month jail sentence for tax fraud in return for avoiding a trial.

The former Arsenal and Barcelona star faced the prospect of going to trial in Spain over unpaid taxes amounting to around €1m (£886,000). The unpaid taxes come from image rights deals in 2012 and 2013 during his time with the Catalan club.

He is one of a number of high-profile players to have fallen foul of the tax laws in Spain.

Last month, Real Madrid’s Croatia midfielder Luka Modric paid Spanish fiscal authorities close to €1m to settle his own image rights tax case, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have also been dragged through the courts.

Just like all the others though, Sanchez will avoid actually going to jail, providing he does not fall foul of the law again.

Sanchez moved to Manchester United from Arsenal last month, and is rumoured to be the highest paid player in the Premier League, with some reports suggesting he earns £450,000-a-week.

He has already scored his first goal for his new side having found the back of the net against Huddersfield Town on Saturday.