World highest paid star Cristiano Ronaldo is in court for tax evasion. Spanish prosecutor has taken the superstar to court for allegedly defrauding the tax authorities 14.7m euros (£13m) between 2011 and 2014. Barcelona new boss has handed eight names to the Club Sporting director. The new boss wants all the players to be signed before the end of the transfer window this summer.
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4. Barca ditch Bellerin for Benfica full back
Barcelona has shifted their focus to Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo. The Catalan giant has been linked heavily with Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin but his long term contract is a stumbling block. The Spaniard signed a new deal to stay at Emirates until 2021. This means the Gunners don’t need to sell him unless the fee is very high.
Camp Nou has therefore decided to look elsewhere and top of the list is the Benfica defender. The 23-year-old will cost €50 million (£44m). However, the La Liga side is trying to get the Portuguese side lower the asking price. There is a high likelihood a deal will be done soon.
3. Barcelona boost- Dembele reveals contact with Camp Nou
France match winner Ousmane Dembele has revealed he was in contact with Barcelona last summer. The 20-year-old forward scored a 78th-minute goal to hand his country a vital 3-2 win on Tuesday. The Catalan giants are chasing him but he is currently tied at Borussia Dortmund.
“Last year I had contact with the Barcelona sports director,” he said, via Mundo Deportivo.
“I’m good at Dortmund. I have a contract until 2021. I don’t pay attention to what is said.”
The French youngster scored six goals and assisted 12 more in Bundesliga last season.
2. REVEALED- Top 8 Players Barcelona want to sign this summer
Barcelona new boss has handed eight names to the Club Sporting director. The new boss wants all the players to be signed before the end of the transfer window this summer. The Catalan giant endured one of the worst seasons in recent years. They failed to go past quarter-finals in the Champions League. They also lost La Liga to Zidane side Real Madrid. Luis Enrique last season in charge only got Copa del Rey.
The new manager wants the Club to bring in the following stars. They include Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund, Douglas Costa of Bayern Munich, Gelson Martins of Sporting Lisbon, Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, Vitolo of Sevilla, Ismaila Sarr of Metz and Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu.
1. RONALDO in Court- CR7 accused of Tax Evasion
World highest paid star Real Madrid winger Cristiano Ronaldo is in court for tax evasion. Spanish prosecutor has taken the superstar to court for allegedly defrauding the tax authorities 14.7m euros (£13m) between 2011 and 2014.
The four-times World Player of the year is the highest paid athlete on earth after pocketing $93m (£72m) according to Forbes. The former Manchester United winger has however rubbished the claim.
“There is no tax evasion scheme,’’ Gestifute, the agency representing Ronaldo, said.
“It is clear that the football player did not try to evade taxes,”
“There has never been any hiding nor any intention to hide anything.”
According to the prosecutor, between 2011 and 2014, the star had a ‘business structure’ that was set up to hide cash made from his image rights.
It is important to note that Lionel Messi and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were recently sentenced to prison for similar tax evasion offenses. The two will not serve the sentence because the Spanish law allows suspension if is lower than 2 years.