Jose Mourinho accused of €3.3m tax fraud in Spain

Di Maria, who now plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain, will likely not serve any prison time because sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are usually suspended in Spain.

While it would be sad to see Cristiano Ronaldo leave Real Madrid, Masters champion Sergio Garcia feels the Spanish and European champions would be fine without their all-time leading goalscorer. It was not immediately possible to reach Di Maria's representatives for a comment.

Manchester United and Paris St Germain have been alerted to Ronaldo's potential availability following the revelations of his disenchantment with his predicament in Spain, but his former club have played down talk of a return to Old Trafford.

Real president Florentino Perez, this week came out to publicly back the player.

Reports had said Ronaldo was considering moves from Spain to England following the harassment by the Spanish tax authorities.

Yet Real Madrid chief Perez is keen to find a way to keep Ronaldo at the club and appeared to be relatively calm about the situation as he gave interviews earlier this week.

Di Maria's deal is similar to the one struck by Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano, who was convicted of tax fraud last year and given a suspended one-year sentence.

The announcement comes just a week after Real Madrid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo had a lawsuit filed against him for allegedly defrauding Spanish authorities of €14.7 million in unpaid taxes between 2011 and 2014.