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Sun. May 22nd, 2022

Luis Campos previously worked as sporting director at Monaco and Lille; during this time, the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva and Anthony Martial were all discovered for next to nothing and sold for big money

By Gary Cotterill, Sky Sports News reporter

Luis Campos – the man who turned Monaco and Lille into title winners in France – is one of several names under consideration to become Newcastle’s new sporting director.

Only two teams other than Paris Saint-Germain have won the French League title in the past nine years – and the common factor between them is Campos.

Newcastle’s new owners have riches beyond most other clubs’ dreams, but they have made it abundantly clear they want to run their new business in a sustainable way.

And that is another reason why Campos fits the bill.

While taking Monaco and Lille to the top in France, Campos also made huge profits on player sales – more than £500m in only four years.

Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva and Anthony Martial were all discovered for next to nothing and sold for big money.

Lifting trophies while making hundreds of millions on players has become a habit for Campos who has been dubbed ‘The Wizard of Capital Gains’.

After working with his close friend Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, Campos became Monaco’s sporting director in 2013, and over four years built the team that brought the league title back to the Principality for the first time in 17 years.

Then, at Lille, Campos developed then sold numerous players, including Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel to Arsenal for almost £90m profit.

Even after their departures, Lille went on to win the title last season for the first time in a decade and deny Mauricio Pochettino a first league crown after his arrival at PSG.

Campos would view Newcastle as a very similar project – a team with past glories that has waited too long to lift silverware again, a club with big potential and a loyal, passionate fan base.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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