US deny Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez visa over tax fraud issues

US deny Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez visa over tax fraud issues

- Alexis Sanchez will miss Man United's pre-season opening game against Mexican club side this weekend

- He was denied visa by the US government having being found guilty of tax evasion while in Spain

- His lawyers are working on helping him to secure entry into the country via the waiver program by the country for exceptional cases

Manchester United superstar Alexis Sanchez has been denied visa to gain entry into the United States and join his club for their preseason tour.

The 29-year-old joined the Red Devils from Arsenal during the winter transfer season - a deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates Stadium in January.

However, the Chilean forward was handed a 16-month suspended jail sentence in February for evading tax while he was a Barcelona player in Spain.

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BBC reports that under the US law, no person found guilty of fraud can be granted a visa to enter the country.

Although, Sanchez and his lawyers are said to be working on a waiver scheme that can help him gain entry to the country, but the process is taking longer than expected.

The Old Trafford outfit will face Mexican side Club America on Friday, July 20, as they get their pre-season program started in style - (kick-off 03:00 BST).

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After which the Red Devils battle Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes, AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid in their summer program.

Meanwhile, the last three matches against Liverpool, AC Milan and Real Madrid will be in the 2018 edition of the International Champions Cup tournament.

The back-to-back Copa America champions was a surprise absentee when United left for Los Angeles on Sunday for the start of a five-match tour.

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Having posted the pictures of the former Barcelona star training at the Carrington base last week with more images emerged of him with friends in Cheshire on Sunday.

Among the United players to have travelled to Los Angeles are midfielders Juan Mata and Ander Herrera plus defender Antonio Valencia.

The Red Devils will kick off their 2018-19 Premier League season against the 2016 champions Leicester at Old Trafford.

United have already completed the signing of goalkeeper Lee Grant, 35 from relegated Stoke City, while Diogo Dalot came in from FC Porto.

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Brazil sensation Fred joined Jose Mourinho's side from Ukraine Premier League side Shakhtar Donetsk this summer.

NAIJ.com previously reported that Alexis Sanchez may be sentenced to jail for evading taxes worth over €980,000 between 2012 and 2013 when he was a Barcelona player.

Spanish newspaper El Periodico reports that the 27-year-old player reportedly transferred his image rights to a company named Numidia Trading, of which he owned 99 per cent, though he failed to declare his ownership.

The Chile international was reported by El Periodico to have originally transferred his image rights to another company named Inversiones Alsan, a society based in Chile of which he also holds a 99% stake.

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