Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Sanchez move outshone Neymar on social media: Utd chief

Sanchez move outshone Neymar on social media: Utd chief

Manchester United attacker Alexis Sanchez has received a 16-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to tax evasion whilst playing for Barcelona between 2012 and 2013.

He left to join Arsenal in 2014 and starred for Arsene Wenger's team until making the shock move to Old Trafford in January in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, despite it having appeared he would be joining Manchester City.

In a statement published on social media, he said: "The Spanish tax agency has once again leaked details of an agreement between our representative Alexis Sanchez and Spanish prosecutors". Nobody on the planet needs anywhere near half a million in their bank account every week, after all, and underlines the gross economic inequality in today's modern world that will only grow exponentially over the years until we all essentially live in places reminiscent of Dubai. "We look forward to the remainder of the season with confidence".

The combination of Sanchez and No.7 has proved to be a huge commercial success in the weeks since the move, with United CEO Ed Woodward suggesting the reported £500,000-a-week salary being paid to the Chilean is well within the club's budget.

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"Alexis Sanchez has set a new January signing record in terms of shirt sales - three times that previous record", Woodward said in United's earnings report conference call for the second quarter of the 2017-18 financial year.

Sanchez has also been quick to make an impact on the field also, as he netted in the Red Devils' 2-0 win over Huddersfield last Saturday.

Woodward said not only had Sanchez smashed United records, but the social media interactions that followed his signing far outweighed those concerning Neymar's world-record move to PSG from Barcelona. It was the biggest Manchester United post on Instagram with 2m likes and comments.

The tax fraud counts date from the time when he played for Spanish La Liga side Barcelona.

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