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Jose Mourinho given jail sentence and massive fine for tax fraud in Spain

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Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has agreed to a one-year prison sentence in Spain for tax fraud while he was at Real Madrid.

However, Mourinho will not serve time behind bars – it will be exchanged for a fine of £160,160. In Spain, sentences of less than 2 years for first-time or non-violent offenders are rarely enforced.

Mourinho was accused of owing Spanish tax authorities €3.3 million, after he had created various business entities in the British Virgin Islands – a tax haven – and elsewhere to manage his image rights. The accusations date back to 2011/12, when he was manager of Real Madrid. As a result, money made from the deals was undeclared in his tax statements.

The Portuguese had agreed a deal with tax officials before the case came to court. His fine today will be added to a separate, earlier €2 million fine.

Mourinho is the latest in a string of high-profile football players and managers to have fallen foul of the Spanish tax authorities in recent years. Last month, Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo was given a suspended 23-month sentence and £16.6 million fine for offences relating to tax owing over image rights from 2010-14, while he was also at Real Madrid.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi was also given a 21-month jail sentence for tax fraud in 2017. Again, it was changed to a fine by the authorities.

Other stars are also under investigation for their tax affairs, including Xabi Alonso, who denies any wrongdoing.

Real Madrid set to battle Manchester United to sign Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are planning to make a £90 million bid for Manchester United target Kalidou Koulibaly, according to reports in Italy. 

Napoli defender Koulibaly has become one of Europe’s most wanted players thanks to a series of commanding performances in Serie A.

He has been the subject of interest from United for some months and Napoli are said to have already turned down a world record bid from them.

But the Neapolitan side are said to be willing to accept a £90 million bid for Koulibaly from Madrid this month, according to Italian news outlet Il Mattino.

Madrid have struggled in La Liga this season after the departures of manager Zinedine Zidane and star player Cristiano Ronaldo last summer. They currently sit 5th in La Liga, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.

They see Koulibaly as an ideal signing to sure up their back line and appease fans who want big signings in order to get back to the top of La Liga.

But this may yet spur United into action. While Koulibaly was a target of former United manager Jose Mourinho, interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been promised money to spend this month, and a centre back is a priority.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named as Manchester United interim boss

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Manchester United have named legendary former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager until the end of the season.

The move to appoint Solskjaer, who will be assisted by another former United player, Mike Phelan, comes a day after the club sacked manager Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer had been manager of Norwegian side Molde, but the 45-year-old couldn’t resist the chance to take over at a club where he spent 11 years as a player, scoring 91 goals in 235 games, and was also reserve team manager from 2008-11.

“Manchester United is in my heart and it’s brilliant to be coming back in this role,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to working with the very talented squad we have, the staff and everyone at the club.”

United sacked Mourinho after a series of poor results and performances this season. The club are currently 6th in the Premier League after 17 matches, but they are 19 points behind leaders Liverpool – who beat them 3-1 last Sunday – and 11 points adrift of the Champions League places.

Mourinho had also have public bust-ups with several players, most notably record signing Paul Pogba – who he had dropped from the starting XI in recent weeks.

Solskjaer will be assisted by Phelan, who filled a similar role at United under Sir Alex Ferguson. Existing coaches Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna will continue to work for the club.

His first match will be against Cardiff City – the club where he endured a nightmare eight-month spell as manager in 2014. Solskjaer couldn’t save the Bluebirds from relegation from the Premier League, and was sacked after the side made a poor start to their Championship campaign.

United will look to appoint a full-time manager in the summer. Several names have been linked with the job, including former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino.

“Ole is a club legend with huge experience, both on the pitch and in coaching roles,” said Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman.

“His history at Manchester United means he lives and breathes the culture here and everyone at the club is delighted to have him and Mike Phelan back.

“We are confident they will unite the players and the fans as we head into the second half of the season.”

Manchester United sack Jose Mourinho

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Manchester United have sacked Jose Mourinho from the manager’s job after a poor run of form has left the club 19 points behind the Premier League leaders after just 17 games of the season.

Mourinho had been in the United hot-seat for 2½ years and had won the EFL Cup and Europa League in his time at the club. They finished runners-up to Manchester City in the Premier League last season.

However, this season performances on the pitch had deteriorated, with the final straw coming with a 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday. United are currently 6th in the Premier League, 11 points behind the Champions League places. Their haul of 26 points is their worst at this stage of a Premier League season. However, they have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

There have also been rumours of Mourinho falling out with various members of the squad, including record signing Paul Pogba, who has been dropped from the starting XI in recent weeks.

However, United will not appoint a new full-time coach until the summer. “A caretaker-manager will be appointed until the end of the season while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager,” the club said in a statement.

“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.”

Sky Sports News are reporting that Michael Carrick will take charge initially, before an external caretaker manager is appointed.

Juventus want to bring Paul Pogba back to Italy in January – but Manchester United don’t want to sell

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Italian champions Juventus will try and re-sign midfielder Paul Pogba in January, but Manchester United will refuse to sell him, according to reports.

It has long been rumoured that Juventus would like Pogba to return, and it fits with their attempts to build a side to win the Champions League. It has also been said that the French international wants to go back to Turin. The Daily Star has reported that come January, Juve will launch a bid for him to try and tempt United into selling.

They may have been emboldened by Pogba’s apparent rift with now ex-United manager Jose Mourinho. The pair’s relationship was said to have broken down after a series of public and private arguments, and Pogba had found himself out of United’s starting line-up in the past couple of matches, including the crunch meeting with Liverpool last weekend.

As United have just sacked Mourinho, the hope is that Pogba could rediscover his best form under a new manager. It had already been reported that United didn’t want to sell him in any case.

Pogba re-joined United in 2016 for the then-world record fee of £89 million. However, his second spell at Old Trafford has failed to live up to expectations. Despite that, if United were to even consider selling Pogba then Juventus would have to stump up something north of the £99 million they paid Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, given his age and length of contract with United.