Could it be Luis Campos, Paratici or Ralf Rangnick as a sporting director?
The celebrated website Goal.com have claimed that Real Madrid are closing in on a deal for Luis Campos. Now those observant will know that we, that is Tottenham, are also interested in him, along with every Tom, Poch and Conti. But who will get finally get his signature? And would the new manager (whoever they are) be ok with one of them?
On top of all the fiasco about new managers, it is little known that Daniel Levy also wants to change the structure by bringing in a director of football. We haven’t had a sporting director since Franco Baldini left the club in 2015, but Levy is said to be eyeing a move for the likes of Fabio Paratici and Ralf Rangnick this summer. Campos is another favourite on Levy’s list. He has been credited with helping unearth the likes of Kylian Mbappe, James Rodriguez, Fabinho and Bernardo Silva.
A couple of weeks ago, Sky Sports reported that Campos is looking to move to a Premier League club this summer and who happens to have a position available, none other than us. Surprise, surprise! But now, who has jumped in to spoil the party? Yes, you’ve guessed it, Real Madrid (they love popping in on the act). Some have said they’ve already had meetings with Campos but haven’t yet made their move. So, there is still hope for Levy and Spurs, along with all the rest.
A bit of history about Luis Campos
Luís Filipe Hipólito Reis Pedrosa Campos was born 6 September 1964 and is a Portuguese director of football, most recently for Lille OSC, and former manager.
Campos began coaching in the lower leagues of Portugal at the age of 27 with Leiria and managed several part-time teams and professional teams in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. As manager of Gil Vicente, Campos ended José Mourinho’s 27-game unbeaten streak with FC Porto. In 2012, Campos became a scout and tactical analyst for Real Madrid C.F. under Mourinho.
Campos made his name as a sporting director at AS Monaco FC from 2013 to 2016. He oversaw the transfers of Radamel Falcao, João Moutinho, James Rodríguez, Fabinho, Anthony Martial, Ricardo Carvalho, Dimitar Berbatov, Bernardo Silva, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Geoffrey Kondogbia, and Thomas Lemar etc. He became the sporting director of Lille OSC in 2017. On 18 December 2020, Campos eventually left Lille OSC after the club’s owners changed hands.
If the rumours are true about Poch, then I would be amazed if Levy goes for a director of Sport as it is believed that Poch would want complete control over transfers (that is, if he comes). Whatever way one looks at it, it will be hard to force the fingers of Levy from the controls of decision-making.
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