AC Milan join race to re-sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Manchester United look to extend his run at Old Trafford

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Linked with a return to Milan: Ibrahimovic.

According to Tuttosport, AC Milan are set to compete with Manchester United for the signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, once he recovers from his knee injury.

The Swedish striker played for two seasons with AC Milan (2010-12) and scored 51 goals in 77 appearances for the Rossoneri.

Ibrahimovic’s contract at Manchester United was not extended after he suffered a cruciate knee ligament damage in April, but he is expected to be fit by January of next season.

While Jose Mourinho’s team have strengthened up top with the acquisition of Romelu Lukaku from Everton for a £75million fee, Ibrahimovic could still turn out for the Red Devils.

Indeed, The Special One said recently that “the door is still open for him”.

Meanwhile, 35-year-old Zlatan turned down a deal to join LA Galaxy and play in the MLS but a move to Milan could still be on the cards.

Milan have been one of the most active clubs in the summer transfer window, making signings such as Leonardo Bonucci and Andre Silva among others.

What also makes Ibrahimovic to Milan more than a possibility is the fact that his agent, Mino Raiola is also Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma’s representative.

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo due in court over tax evasion claims

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Cristiano Ronaldo.

Football megastar Cristiano Ronaldo appears in court near Madrid Monday accused of evading millions of euros in taxes, the latest player to fall foul of Spain’s taxman.

The 32-year-old will be questioned by a court in Pozuelo de Alarcon, a wealthy suburb of Madrid where he lives, after returning from a summer break with his girlfriend and relatives and a promotion trip to China.

The Portuguese star – the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine – follows in the steps of his arch-rival, Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offence last year.

Other footballers have also recently run into trouble with Spain’s taxman, some of them already convicted and others under investigation.

Prosecutors accuse Ronaldo of having evaded 14.7 million euros ($17.3 million) in tax.

They allege he took “advantage of a company structure created in 2010 to hide income generated in Spain from his image rights from tax authorities”.

They say this was a “voluntary and conscious breach of his fiscal obligations in Spain”.

Prosecutors accuse the four-time world player of the year of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for low corporate tax rates.

In addition, they say the Real Madrid striker only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.

And finally, they accuse him of “voluntarily” refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company.

Ronaldo has defended himself, saying his “conscience is clear”.

His agent’s company Gestifute has also denied any “fiscal set-up” and said “the player didn’t hide anything”.

But the allegations still took their toll, and the man with the “CR7” brand. According to press reports, Real’s all-time top goalscorer, threatened to leave Spain over the affair, giving supporters a fright.

He has since hinted he will stay on, telling Spanish sports daily Marca that he would like to continue to win trophies for Real.

If he were put on trial and found guilty, Ronaldo risks “a fine of at least 28 million” euros and could potentially be jailed for three-and-a-half years, the Gestha union of experts at Spain’s Inland Revenue has said.

Since extending his contract last November until 2021, Ronaldo is the highest paid sports star in the world with $93 million (79 million euros) earned in 2016-2017, according to Forbes.

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Romelu Lukaku continues goalscoring streak as Manchester United beat Valerenga 3-0

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Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal with his team-mates.

Romelu Lukaku scored as Manchester United beat Valerenga 3-0 in Oslo in the penultimate match of their summer tour.

Marouane Fellaini gave United a first-half lead before substitutes Lukaku and Scott McTominay netted in the second half.

Valerenga are deep into their domestic campaign and sit seventh in Norway’s top division but it was United who looked the sharper early on as Henrikh Mkhitaryan forced a blocking save and Paul Pogba saw an effort hit a post.

Marcus Rashford was next to go close but it was not until a minute before half-time that United made the breakthrough.

Reports of Nemanja Matic’s impending arrival could spell the end of Fellaini’s time at Old Trafford but the big Belgian served a reminder of what he is capable of by heading United in front from Mkhitaryan’s cross.

Manager Jose Mourinho made nine changes at the break and two of the newcomers combined after 48 minutes as Lukaku headed home a Joel Pereira cross at the far post.

Valerenga had a rare opportunity just after the hour mark but it was spurned by Ghayas Zahid, and shortly afterwards 20-year-old McTominay netted his first senior goal for United with a confidently-taken half-volley.

Lukaku nearly added a fourth goal late on after displaying great upper body strength to hold off his marker but he dragged his shot just wide.

United will head to Dublin next to play Serie A side Sampdoria before facing Real Madrid in the European Super Cup in Skopje on August 8.

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