November 16 – Amidst all the negative publicity over the past fortnight prompted by the series of Football Leaks revelations reported by Der Spiegel and other media organisations, Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante is one high-profile player to have emerged with his reputation enhanced.
According to the latest leaks, Kante was offered the chance to be paid through an offshore account in order to pay less money in tax.
The report by investigative site Mediapart claims that six weeks before Kante left Leicester City for Chelsea in 2016, a company called NK Promotions was registered in Jersey in an apparent attempt to pay 10% of the players’ income abroad to avoid tax.
But last year, said Mediapart, the 27-year-old insisted through his tax advisor that he was refusing to take any offshore payments.
“N’Golo is inflexible, he simply wants a normal salary,” Kante’s tax advisor allegedly said in May 2017 in an email sent to Chelsea executives.
“After reading numerous press articles on image rights and tax investigations against players and clubs, N’Golo is increasingly concerned that the set-up proposed to him could be questioned by the tax authorities. N’Golo decided that he did not want to take any risks.”
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