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Wenger to table Sh2.282b Wanyama bid

first_img0Shares0000Victor Wanyama (background) vies for the ball with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in their meeting at St. Mary’s last season. The Southampton midfielder has been linked with January move to The Emirates. PHOTO/FileLONDON, December 22- Arsene Wenger wants to sign Southampton’s Victor Wanyama in the January transfer window and will test the Saints’ resolve with a £15million (Sh2,282,621,461.72) bid according to Metro.co.uk.The Kenyan midfielder has been a revelation since moving to the south coast from Scottish giants Celtic in a £12.5m (Sh1.902b) move in 2013. Injuries to Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla have left the Gunners light in central midfield and Wenger admitted today that he’s likely to be busy in the transfer window.Arsenal will place a £15m bid for Wanyama next month in an attempt to bring him to the Emirates.He will have the chance to audition again for Wenger’s side when the Saints welcome the Gunners on Boxing Day at St. Mary’s.Speaking on the latest slump for last season’s sensation, Wanyama noted Southampton need more time to gel as a team if they are to match last season’s Premier League success following another summer of change.Ronald Koeman’s men, who claimed a record seventh-place finish last term before losing stars such as Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United, slipped to a sixth match without a win in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham.Wanyama’s own future has also been the subject of speculation, but the 24-year-old Kenya midfielder continues to focus on arresting Southampton’s recent slump.“We still need to work together and to know each other more because we had a lot of changes in the team and we still need a bit of time to gel together,” Wanyama told www.saintsfc.co.uk.“It’s about being together. We just need to fight more and sharpen ourselves up because we have some tough games ahead.“I think it’s not going to go your way all the time, but we believe in ourselves and we believe we can still get there. We still have a chance and if we work hard then we can still get up there.”Harry Kane and Dele Alli struck for Spurs at St Mary’s, leaving Southampton 12th in the table ahead of hosting Arsenal on Boxing Day.-By Metro/Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Eto’o risks 10-year jail sentence for ‘fraud’

first_imgThe fraud, they say, amounts to some 3.9 million euros.“The footballer pretended he had ceded his rights to two other companies in Hungary and Spain so as to fraudulently avoid paying taxes,” they added in accusations seen by AFP calling for Eto’o to be tried.The income diverted to the company based in Hungary wasn’t taxed in Spain, and benefitted from the eastern European country’s low tax rate, prosecutors said.The money put in the Spanish firm, meanwhile, was taxed at a lower rate as it came under the regime of company — rather than income — taxation.Prosecutors estimate the footballer, a four-time former African Player of the Year, should reimburse the alleged fraud to tax authorities plus interest, and pay a 14.3-million-euro fine.They want a prison sentence of 18 months for the 2006 fraud, and then three years jail for each subsequent year until 2009, which adds up to 10-and-a-half years.Even if he is given the full sentence, though, he is unlikely to spend all that time in jail, given prisoners often get paroled for good behaviour.– Barcelona players’ legal woes –Eto’o is not the only FC Barcelona player to be accused of tax fraud.Argentine superstar Lionel Messi, fellow countryman Javier Mascherano, as well as Brazil’s Adriano and Chile’s Alexis Sanchez, have been subject to similar allegations linked to image rights.Messi and his father were sentenced in July to 21 months in jail for tax fraud, which they are appealing.Whatever the outcome, the prison sentences are likely to be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.Mascherano, meanwhile, was given a one-year suspended jail sentence last December.Brazilian star Neymar is also under judicial scrutiny, with prosecutors recommending he be handed a two-year jail sentence and a 10-million-euro fine for alleged corrupt practices in his 2013 transfer to Barcelona.Eto’o spent a hugely successful decade in Spain’s La Liga, playing for both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.He also played for Chelsea and Inter Milan.He is now at Antalyaspor, which signed Eto’o in June 2015 as the keystone of their bid to find national and even European success for the southern Mediterranean resort city.But the club is struggling in the Super Lig, and Eto’o was recently involved in a racism row, writing on his Instagram account in September that he was not being given respect for his achievements as he is black.Furious, the club left him out of the squad, with chairman Ali Safak Ozturk reportedly saying no player was “above the interests of Antalyaspor.”But he was reinstated in October.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spanish prosecutors say Samuel Eto’o set up a series of front companies to avoid paying taxes from 2006 to 2009 © AFP/File / Fabrice CoffriniBARCELONA, Spain, Nov 24 – Spanish prosecutors have asked that Cameroonian football great Samuel Eto’o be handed a 10-year jail sentence and pay a Sh1.5bn ($15 million) fine for alleged tax fraud, a court filing revealed Thursday.They allege that Eto’o — now at Antalyaspor in Turkey — set up front companies to avoid paying taxes from 2006 to 2009, when he was a striker at Barcelona before leaving for Inter Milan.last_img read more