Monday Kickoff: Messi, Ronaldo, Costa and more


Ten of Europe’s best players are vying for this year’s biggest award, while a key member of Chelsea’s attack could be staying at the club after all.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann headline this year’s shortlist for UEFA’s Best Player in Europe award. (REPORT)

Diego Costa reportedly has no intentions of leaving Chelsea, contradicting reports in Spain that said the 27-year-old had handed in a transfer request. (REPORT)

Despite rumors suggesting Leroy Sane has already agreed to terms at Manchester City, the 20-year-old’s father is now saying that his son could still join Bayern Munich or Real Madrid this summer. (REPORT)

AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang has said he will remain at the Italian club during the 2016/17 season. (REPORT)

Arsenal is said to be monitoring Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi in the event the Gunners cannot acquire Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain during the summer transfer window. (REPORT)

Premier League side Hull City is reportedly the favorite to sign Wales forward Hal Robson-Kanu, who scored two goals at Euro 2016 and helped his side reach the semifinals. (REPORT)

Coming off of a strong showing at Euro 2016, Wales midfielder Joe Allen is reportedly being targeted by Manchester United. (REPORT)

Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba suffered a horrific leg break during a Chinese Super League match on Sunday for Shanghai Shenhua. (REPORT)


Orlando City is reportedly in talks with former New York City FC and Real Salt Lake head coach Jason Kreis over the club’s vacant coaching position. (REPORT)

Ignacio Piatti and Clint Dempsey were among the 26 players named to the 2016 MLS All-Star Game roster on Sunday. (REPORT)

Leicester City’s Christian Fuchs could make the New York Cosmos his next home once his career in England comes to a close. (REPORT)

Atlanta United FC completed the signing of Trinidad & Tobago forward Kenwyne Jones over the weekend. (REPORT)

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