What The Papers Say - July 26

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Talk of Everton's proposed new stadium designs dominates the morning's media coverage after they were revealed by the Club and architect Dan Meis on Thursday.

The Daily Telegraph says the plans show "a nod to the Club’s history and heritage... but also looks to the future with a steel and glass finish."

The Daily Mail focuses on the option for safe standing within the stadium, its waterfront view and plans for a 13,000-seat 'blue wall', which "resembles the designs used by Borussia Dortmund, and more recently Tottenham at their new stadium."

The Guardian points to research suggesting the development at Bramley-Moore Dock "will deliver a £1bn boost to the city [of Liverpool's] economy", while the Liverpool Echo says the unveiled plans and Meis' presentation "didn't disappoint" and "felt symbolic".

In a wide-ranging interview with the Echo, in which he discusses his designs, capacity and costs, Meis says the stadium "had to feel as close, as tight and as intimidating as Goodison Park and I feel like we've really gotten to that.

“I don't think there is a seat that's further away from the pitch than it could absolutely be."

In the same paper, defender Leighton Baines describes the positive reaction of the Everton first-team squad to the proposals, saying the concepts are "exciting".

Away from the new stadium, both Sky Sports and the Telegraph believe the Blues are preparing a cash-plus-player deal for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha in a bid to beat Arsenal to the Ivory Coast international.

The Daily Express, however, suggests Chelsea could also come in for the 26-year-old, despite being under a transfer embargo for the next two windows.

Finally, the Express hints manager Marco Silva is keen on £30m-rated Mainz defender Jean-Philippe Gbamin, with the paper saying a deal for Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma, who spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, appears increasing unlikely.

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