Lille’s director of football Luis Campos has asked to leave the club with three years still remaining on his current contract, amid speculation linking him with a similar role at Tottenham.
Campos has allegedly grown frustrated at the lack of communication over key matters relating to the running of the French club, including manager Christophe Galtier potentially leaving for Marseille and Lille’s position in the transfer market.
Campos contacted club president Gerard Lopez and asked for his contract to be terminated on Sunday, according to RMC Sport.
Campos arrived at Lille in 2017 in what was seen as a coup for Les Dogues. After his work at Monaco, where he set in motion the careers of the likes of Kylian Mbappé, Fabinho, Anthony Martial, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo SIlva, Campos swiftly became recognised as one of the best sporting directors in world football.
When he arrived in northern France, Lille had barely managed to stave off relegation. The following season – with his guidance in the transfer market – they finished runners-up in Ligue 1, second only to giants Paris Saint-Germain. Campos was also credited with the astronomical £72m fee gained from the sale of Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal.
The 55-year-old has a great relationship with fellow countryman José Mourinho; it was the ‘Special One’ who handed him his first role in recruitment as a scout for Real Madrid back in 2012. In Mourinho’s managerial break the pair were even pictured attending Lille matches together.
It was reported last year that Campos was ‘open’ to joining Mourinho at Tottenham after Mauricio Pochettino was replaced in the Spurs dugout.
Mourinho has already raided Lille for assistant Joao Sacramento and goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos, and with the breakdown in communication between Campos and the club’s ownership, Lille may be facing their biggest loss of all.
Tottenham, who are currently without a director of football, would benefit greatly from Campos’ experience. Spurs’ last head of recruitment role was occupied by Paul Mitchell (now at RB Leipzig), who resigned from his post in 2016 citing the horrors of working with chairman Daniel Levy as the reason for his abrupt departure.
Campos has shown that he can effectively communicate between on and off-pitch staff in order to achieve sporting and financial results. Given Tottenham’s lack of authority in the transfer market, the north Londoners may be the perfect fit for Campos.