Chelsea have been in touch with Luis Campos over the prospect of becoming their sporting director, according to a report.
The new owners at Chelsea are beginning to make their influence known. They have dismissed Thomas Tuchel as head coach and replaced him with Graham Potter. It followed a high-spending summer in which there were some intriguing changes to the playing squad.
Ahead of the next transfer window in January, Chelsea would ideally like to have a sporting director in place. A number of candidates are under consideration.
According to The Times, one man they are thinking of appointing – if they can prise him away from his current arrangements – would be Luis Campos.
The Portuguese native has held a number of off-field roles at clubs across Europe. After some managerial stints in his home country, Campos became a scout for Real Madrid for the 2012-13 season.
Since then, he impressed as a director for Monaco, before spending three-and-a-half years as Lille’s sporting director. During his time in both jobs, each French club won the Ligue 1 title.
More recently, he has held advisory roles with Galatasaray and Celta Vigo. Then, he returned to French football as a strategic advisor for Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
During his first summer with PSG, the club signed the likes of Renato Sanches, Hugo Ekitike, Fabian Ruiz and Carlos Soler. They seem to be focusing on building a long-term project, while still littering their squad with big names.
Campos could be helping them further in the months to come. The Times claim he is on Chelsea’s radar, though, which could lead him to a sudden change of plan.
Their report suggests that owner Todd Boehly, who has been acting as a sporting director on an interim basis after Marina Granovskaia left, has made contact with Campos already.
Boehly has also already spoken with new coach Potter about the idea of working alongside a sporting director.
Luis Campos has good pedigree to build winning teams
Now, they will be waiting to see how Campos feels about the prospect of his first job in the Premier League. He could be lured by the promise of large funds to spend in January, despite Chelsea’s haul in the summer already being of a significant size.
And if Chelsea want to construct a title-challenging team, Campos has shown in previous jobs that he could be up to the task.
As stated, the 58-year-old has overseen successes with Monaco and Lille. They are the only two clubs to have broken PSG’s dominance of Ligue 1 in recent years.
Subsequently, he became entrusted by the big hitters themselves to inspire further success. But he might have to consider whether to abandon ship for Chelsea a few months into his new role in Paris.
Campos has been linked with Premier League vacancies before. But this time it could be Chelsea who benefit from his smart judgements. It all depends on if they can get him away from Paris, and how he and Potter would feel about their potential connection.