The Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham target linked with sporting director role at Newcastle United

Luis Campos has been linked with the new sporting director role at Newcastle United.

Thursday, 14th October 2021, 12:00 pm

It is a key role the new owners of PCP Partners, the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and the Reuben brothers are hoping to fill in the coming weeks.

Manchester City pair Jason Wilcox and Brian Marwood, as well as former Paris Saint-Germain director Antero Henrique have also been linked with the job.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 57-year-old and his links to St James’s Park:

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Former Lille and Monaco football director Luis Campos is the latest name to be linked with Newcastle United. (Photo credit: DENIS CHARLET/AFP via Getty Images)

What’s the story?

According to Sky Sports, Campos is among the names under consideration for the new sporting director role.

United’s new Saudi Arabian owners, reportedly worth £320billion, want to run the club in a sustainable way and Campos more than fits the bill.

Campos would reportedly view Newcastle similar to his previous jobs – a club with big potential desperate for a trophy.

What has Luis Campos achieved previously?

Only two teams other than Paris Saint-Germain have won the Ligue 1 titles in the last nine years – Monaco and Lille. Indeed, Campos played a key part in both clubs’ successes.

The 57-year-old, as football director, made huge profits on player sales with more than £500million in only four years.

At Monaco, Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva and Anthony Martial were signed then sold for big bucks.

Then at Lille, players such as Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel were offloaded to Arsenal for almost £90m profit.

Before moving to France, Campos was a scout at Real Madrid under close friend Jose Mourinho, while he also managed in the lower leagues in Portugal.

Why is Luis Campos nicknamed ‘The Wizard of Capital Gains’?

Well, that is because of his ability to oversee trophy successes whilst making hundreds of millions in the transfer market.

His achievements have previously attracted interest from Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Speaking to Sky Sports in May, he said: “I consider myself privileged to be on the shortlist of clubs of this profile, and obviously feel proud and honoured about it.

"As a competitor, I would obviously like the challenge. I am ready."

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