A new name has emerged as a candidate for the technical director position at Arsenal.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, relayed by Sport Witness, Luis Campos – currently sporting director at Lille – has been sounded out by the Gunners since Monchi snubbed us in favour of a return to Sevilla.
The report focuses on Roma’s interest in the 54-year-old Portuguese – they need a replacement for Monchi – but claims both us and Chelsea also like the cut of his jib. He has previously been linked with Manchester United.
Campos has 15 years experience as a manager in Portugal and briefly scouted for Real Madrid in 2012/13 before taking up sports coordinator and technical director positions at Monaco between 2013-2016. During his time at the Stade Louis II, he was credited with signing the likes of James Rodriguez, Bernardo Silva, Djibril Sidibe, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Campos was recruited by new Lille owner Gerard Lopez alongside coach Marcelo Bielsa in the summer of 2017 with a view to turning the club into a breeding ground for young talent. Almost immediately Bielsa and Campos clashed about recruitment and the former was sacked after 13 games in charge. Against the backdrop of financial difficulties, Lille limped to 17th place last season but this year have been a revelation and currently sit 2nd in Ligue 1.
It’s presumably off the back of this turnaround that Campos has caught the eye. While it’s very hard to tell if there’s any truth in this, after months of speculation linking us to the same old names, it’s a link that’s worth keeping an eye on.
We should also state that last week owner Lopez dismissed rumours that Campos has been talking to Chelsea.