Thursday Kickoff: Nainggolan, Messi, Payet and more


One of Euro 2016’s biggest stars says he will not change clubs, while Lionel Messi’s tax case took another turn on Thursday.

Belgian star Radja Nainggolan insists he will not leave Roma despite reports linking him with Chelsea. (REPORT)

Lionel Messi’s lawyers say they will appeal the forward’s conviction for tax fraud, even if Messi will not serve jail time for the conviction. Messi’s lawyers say they understand the “symbolic” nature of the 21 month suspended sentence, but maintain the Barcelona star’s incident. (REPORT)

West Ham manager Salven Bilic says he would love to have Dmitri Payet stay with the club, although he understands the midfielder’s Euro 2016 performances could lead to offers from the “giant clubs”. (REPORT)

Manchester City is reportedly nearing a bid for Everton defender John Stones. (REPORT)

Despite doubts over their tournament participation, Argentina has named its Olympic squad, which includes Luciano Vietto and Angel Correa. (REPORT)

Fehnerbahce has confirmed that the club is in talks for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. (REPORT)


Frank Lampard scored again to lead NYCFC to the club’s fourth straight win in a victory against the New England Revolution. (READ)

Orlando City fired head coach Adrian Heath, who has been with the team since its time in the USL Pro. (READ)

As the summer heats up, SBI takes a look at players that need to step up in the season’s second half. (READ)

Oguchi Onyewu may receive a contract offer from Rangers after spending preseason with the club. (READ)

Russel Canouse has been loaned two VfL Bochum for two years. (READ)

Terrence Boyd is reportedly nearing full fitness and is set to resume training with RB Leipzig. (READ)

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