Newcastle ‘eye former Monaco and Lille chief Luis Campos for sporting director role’

Newcastle ‘eye former Monaco and Lille chief Luis Campos for sporting director role’ as super-rich Saudi owners get set to splash the cash

Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing up Luis Campos for their new sporting director role as the club’s mega-rich Saudi owners plot their route to the top of world football.

Toon fans are celebrating the exit of former owner Mike Ashley, with the club now being controlled by a Saudi consortium – and there is the prospect of spending big in a bid to compete with the top sides in Europe. 

Sky Sports report that one of the first big moves they want to make is to bring in Campos as sporting director, following his impressive spells in France with both Monaco and Lille.

Luis Campos is on Newcastle’s radar as they look to appoint a new sporting director 

Campos brought Kylian Mbappe to Monaco, where he enjoyed an incredible emergence

Campos brought Kylian Mbappe to Monaco, where he enjoyed an incredible emergence

He turned both of those sides into Ligue 1 title winners, and also has an impressive track record of bringing through young talent and selling it on for a mega profit.

Newcastle’s new owners have unbelievable wealth, but are also adamant they want to run the club sustainably despite their reported worth of £750billion.

Campos fits the bill given his previous experience, bringing through the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Anthony Martial, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva and Fabinho at Monaco before making over £500m in profit from their sales.  

At Lille, he then sold a large number of players again, including Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel to Arsenal for a £90m profit.

Campos has worked successfully as a sporting director at Monaco and Lille. Previously he was employed at Real Madrid in a scouting and analyst role under Jose Mourinho

Campos has worked successfully as a sporting director at Monaco and Lille. Previously he was employed at Real Madrid in a scouting and analyst role under Jose Mourinho

Newcastle's takeover - led by Amanda Staveley (left) - has given them plenty of cash to spend

Newcastle’s takeover – led by Amanda Staveley (left) – has given them plenty of cash to spend

It has been reported that Campos would view Newcastle as a similar project to both Monaco and Lille, in that they have past glories but have been waiting a long time to get back to the top.

Campos left Lille last season following their shock Ligue 1 title win, and is currently without a job, so it would cost Newcastle very little to bring him in. 

He has previously been very in-demand, with the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United said to be keen to secure his services.

Speaking to Sky Sports about the links back 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.’

Newcastle supporters celebrate the club's Saudi takeover outside St James' Park last week

Newcastle supporters celebrate the club’s Saudi takeover outside St James’ Park last week 

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