Chelsea star’s Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois are set to be the subject of a tax investigation by Belgian authorities, with the pair just two of a number of players thought to be making money through companies in Luxembourg.
That’s according to Belgian newspaper De Morgen, who cite Hazard, Courtois, Kevin Mirallas and Divock Origi amongst the more notable names set to be part of an enquiry launched to determine how much tax money certain figures are evading.
The report claims that at the centre of the storm is the now infamous ‘Lux Leak’ debacle, which highlighted Luxembourg as a tax haven numerous companies were taking advantage of.
Though the structures there are perfectly legal a number of players could reportedly be stung as their involvement in companies, used for advertising revenue, in the land-locked country is minimal.
As the players in question live abroad the Belgian authorities are ready to try and discern whether or not they’re slipping through the net, with only 20% of income in Luxembourg being taxable, as opposed to the full amount in Belgium.
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De Morgen, who have comments from legal professionals backing them up, lean towards the notion that there is little excuse the likes of Hazard and Courtois can use to absolve themselves of potential tax evasion, and that could prove to be a headache for both players.
With Hazard having recently put pen to paper on a blockbuster new Chelsea deal set to bag him £200,000-a-week, he’s the highest earner out of all the names on the list, though Courtois, who takes home a reported £100,000-a-week as of last September, isn’t exactly doing terrible.
Jose Mourinho is certain to hope that the impending investigation impacts upon the mental state of his two stars minimally, with both men key components in his Blues side. Hazard, whose contract renewal came amidst a flurry of transfer rumours, is considered arguably Chelsea’s best player, and they’ll need him in perfect condition to ensure they stay ahead of Manchester City.
Meanwhile Courtois has successfully ousted Petr Cech from his position between the sticks since returning from his three-year loan spell with Atletico Madrid. The young stopper is regarded as one of the most complete goalkeepers in Europe, and though Cech remains an excellent backup, there’s been no question this year who Mourinho favours as his No.1.
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