Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told Real Madrid he wants them to pay his fine to the Spanish tax office.
The former Manchester United man was hit with a charge for allegedly defrauding the government of £13m last year.
And El Confidencial reports that, as things stand, he has struck a deal to pay the tax authorities a total sum of £26.45m (€30m) to avoid spending time in jail.
It adds that, amid contract negotiations, Ronaldo, 33, has requested Real Madrid pay the fee — but the club have refused.
It is understood that the amount he will ultimately have to hand over will be relative to his earnings.