Real Madrid consider appointing architect of Monaco and Lille title successes

Real Madrid are considering appointing sporting director Luis Campos as part of a summer rebuild at the club.

There is a great deal of uncertainty in the Spanish capital following a trophyless campaign with widespread reports that boss Zinedine Zidane is set to leave the club.

A report from Spanish media outlet Marca now outlines that Madrid are considering that appointment of Campos, who is out of work having left Lille earlier this season.

The Portuguese left the club earlier this season in a restructure following a change in ownership and is one of the most coveted sporting directors in football.

Luis Campos has been linked with moves to a number of European clubs

Campos enjoyed a relatively low-key coaching career in Portugal over the course of a decade and later worked as a scout and tactical analyst for Real Madrid in Jose Mourinho’s third season at the club.

It was at Madrid where he recommended the club’s signing of Fabinho, but it was his move into the role of sporting director at Monaco and then Lille in which he became famed.

He worked at Monaco between 2013 and 2016, constructing the side that wrestled the Ligue 1 title from Paris Saint-Germain and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League the season after his departure.

Campos headed the recruitment department that signed players such as Tiemoue Bakayoko, Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Mendy, Djibril Sidibe, Fabinho, Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho and Kamil Glik – many of whom were sold for notable funds.

He then joined Lille the following year and spent three years at the club, building the side that this weekend won their first Ligue 1 title in a decade – the second side PSG’s domestic dominance was disrupted, following the job Campos carried out at Monaco.

It was Campos who oversaw the signings of Benjamin Andre, Jonathan Bamba, Tiago Djalo, Jos Fonte, Jonathan Ikone, Renato Sanches, Boubakary Soumare and Burak Yilmaz, whilst also securing sizable transfer fees for Nicolas Pepe, Victor Osimhen and Rafael Leao.

Real Madrid’s transfers department is currently headed by Jose Angel Sanchez, general director, and Juni Calafat, but Campos may help see a rejuvenation of that department.

It is said that Campos travels over 3,500km per season in his attempts to scout players and whilst he may not be appointed in a sporting director role at Madrid, he could play an advisory role.

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