What The Papers Say - June 26

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The Everton coverage in Wednesday’s newspapers is dominated by the return of midfielder Andre Gomes on a permanent deal from Barcelona. 

Gomes’ £22million move was completed on Tuesday evening, with the Blues bringing the 24-year-old back to Goodison Park following a successful loan spell last term. 

The Daily Mail and Liverpool Echo report that Gomes called it an “easy decision” to accept a five-year contract with the Toffees, while in the Daily Star the Portugal international thanks the Club for the “massive effort” they made to ensure the transfer happened. 

The Star also points to reports on Sky Sports News that boss Marco Silva would like to make a further four signings after capturing Gomes, with a centre-back, right-back and striker speculated to be on his wishlist. 

 
The same paper says Everton had an offer for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney accepted last summer but were unable to complete a deal for the Scotland international. 


In Italy, Calciomercato claims Everton, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested in 22-year-old AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie after the Ivory Coast international was reportedly told he can leave the San Siro. 

Meanwhile, Spanish outlet Estadio Deportivo link the Blues with Espanyol’s Spanish striker Borja Iglesias, 26. 

Finally, in the Echo, Everton Chief Executive Officer Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale describes how she has restructured the Club’s operations during her first year in the role and details the Blues’ “forensic” planning for a move to a proposed new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

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