Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the hiring of Luis Campos as their football advisor as the anticipated summer revolution of the French giants gets begun. The Portuguese talent scout established his mark in France with AS Monaco and Lille OSC, the two Ligue 1 clubs that have denied PSG the domestic crown in recent years.
“I am thrilled to join PSG,” Campos said in an official statement. Which I think to be the most ambitious and exciting football club in the world. I truly believe in and share the club’s goal, and I cannot wait to get started on maximizing this club’s tremendous potential.”
Campos will be responsible for PSG’s purchases now that Leonardo is no longer the club’s sporting director, despite the absence of a formal announcement from the capital club. Mauricio Pochettino is anticipated to follow the Brazilian out of Parc des Princes following a poor 2021-22 campaign in which Les Parisiens won only the Ligue 1 championship.
Zinedine Zidane is the preferred candidate for PSG’s Qatari owners, but it will take time to bring in the former Real Madrid manager due to Mauricio Pochettino’s contract and Zidane’s desire to see what happens with France at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year in case Didier Deschamps leaves Les Bleus.
Alain Migliaccio, Zidane’s advisor, informed L’Equipe that all the speculations of an agreement with PSG are untrue. “Neither Zinedine nor I have received direct communication from the PSG owner. Today, I am the only person authorized to speak for Zidane and represent him.
Christophe Galtier, the current head coach of OGC Nice and the 2020-21 Ligue 1 champion with Lille OSC, is a leading candidate for the position. Pochettino is scheduled to depart Spurs after 18 months, having won the Championnat, Coupe de France, and Trophee des Champions, but only reaching the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League once.
Kylian Mbappe’s choice to remain at Paris Saint-Germain was a huge boost at the conclusion of a disappointing season, but it required outside intervention because Leonardo’s relationship with the French superstar and his family had broken down.
Although Mbappe and Pochettino had a good relationship, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager’s performance since coming to Paris in a non-playing capacity has been disappointing.
Campos, who previously worked with Mbappe when Monaco defeated Paris Saint-Germain to win the 2016-17 Ligue 1 title, is now in charge of PSG’s summer overhaul.
Galtier has worked closely with the Portuguese transfer guru at Stade Pierre Mauroy, but Zidane has been PSG’s top option for some time.
Campos was directing PSG’s pursuit of Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni, but the France international has committed to a move to Real Madrid, which is anticipated to be finalized shortly.
Nuno Mendes’ transfer from Sporting CP has already been made permanent, and a new PSG project with real Champions League aspirations and domestic domination is likely to accelerate in the coming weeks.