It is easy to say that Alexis is one of the best players in the Premier League, never mind just at Arsenal, and should be paid massive sums of money for what he does on the pitch, but there is another reason why the Chilean could be in need of a large cash raise at the moment.
It seems that Alexis is having problems with the Spanish tax authorities who claim that they owe him more than 3 million Pounds, and are taking steps to reclaim their money ahead of a massive court case. An article in the Mirror explains it like this: Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has luxury four-bed house seized in Spain amid ongoing tax investigation.
The Chilean is being investigated over his tax affairs while he was at Barcelona.
Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez’s luxury home in Barcelona has been seized by Spanish tax authorities who believe he owes them €3,702,540 (£3.12m) in unpaid taxes.
The alleged debts correspond to the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, when he was playing for the Catalan giants before joining Arsenal in 2014.
Sanchez is accused of simulating the sale of his image rights through a shell company named Numidia Trading in Malta.
He is said to own a 99 per cent stake in the company. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported the news on Friday, saying that it was another signal that authorities in Spain were working against Barcelona, given Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi and former player Samuel Eto’o have been involved in similar cases.
This is obviously a worry for Alexis and could affect his performance on the pitch. He will probably also have to return to Spain for the duration of the court case, and it is worth remembering that Lionel Messi received a 21 month prison sentence when he was prosecuted…as well as paying the taxman what they claim he owed.
Let’s hope that Arsenal give him a good enough pay rise so that he doesn’t need to worry about his tax bill, and that it doesn’t affect the way he plays for Arsenal…