Paris St-Germain have appointed Luis Campos as a football adviser. The Portuguese was previously sporting director at both Monaco and Lille.
His work on transfers helped contribute to Lille’s Ligue 1 title win in 2020-21, when they triumphed over PSG, although he left the club in December 2020.
What Campos has said:
“I am very happy to join Paris St-Germain. I consider them to be the most ambitious and exciting club in the world of football,” Campos, 57, said.
“We share the same vision, a vision in which I firmly believe, and I am eager to start working to develop the exceptional potential of the club.”
Campos’ arrival comes amid major change at the Parc des Princes, with sporting director Leonardo having left and manager Mauricio Pochettino expected to depart this summer.
PSG regained the French league title last season, but lost in the Champions League last 16 to eventual winners Real Madrid.
The 57-year-old Campos was a former tactical advisor at Real Madrid under Jose Mourinho, but really made his name as Monaco’s sporting director from 2013-16. The club took on a new dimension with major signings like Colombian striker Radamel Falcao and 2014 World Cup star James Rodriguez.
Other recruits like Bernardo Silva, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Thomas Lemar were sold on to Manchester City, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, respectively, as Monaco made huge profits.
A year after Campos left, the club he helped build beat PSG to win the league title in 2017 and reached the Champions League semifinals that year.
He then became Lille’s sporting director from 2017-2020. He helped bring Portugal winger Renato Sanches to the club and nurtured the talent of Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen — who was sold to Napoli for 70 million euros ($82 million).‘
A year after Campos left, Lille beat PSG to win the 2021 title.
“I am delighted to be joining Paris Saint-Germain, which I consider is the most ambitious and exciting club in world football,“ Campos said. ”I believe strongly in and share the vision of the club and I cannot wait to get started to further unleash the great potential of this exceptional club.”
PSG said Campos will focus on the performance, recruitment, and organizational side of the team, taking over that role from sporting director Leonardo.