Mercato Mercato – PSG: Luis Campos would be Leonardo's successor as sports director of Paris Saint-Germain

Mercato Mercato – PSG: Luis Campos would be Leonardo’s successor as sports director of Paris Saint-Germain

The big maneuvers are launched at PSG. The day after the announcement of Kylian Mbappé’s contract extension, RMC indicates that the capital club has its new sporting director in the person of Luis Campos. The Portuguese would come to take over from Leonardo, whose departure was announced on Saturday evening by several media after the victory against Metz and the celebrations of the 10th title of champion of France.
The formalization of the arrival of Luis Campos and the departure of Leonardo would be imminent. According to RMC, the induction of the sporting director is only a “matter of formality”. It could possibly be announced Monday by the president of PSG, Nasser al-Khelaïfi, who is to hold a press conference at 3 p.m. with Kylian Mbappé in the auditorium of the Parc des Princes.

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Campos, 57, has made a name for himself in France. First at AS Monaco, of which he was the sporting director between 2013 and 2016. The Portuguese was the great architect of the Monegasque workforce crowned champion of France in 2017. He notably rubbed shoulders with Mbappé. L’Equipe recalls that Campos played an important role in the signing of the French striker’s first professional contract at ASM, and that he has since remained very close to the player and his family. Mbappé would thus be no stranger to the arrival at PSG of Campos, who also worked in Lille between 2017 and 2020 and contributed to the construction of the workforce crowned champion of France in 2021.

Finding a coach is not the only challenge

The announced arrival of Campos would signal the start of a summer revolution at PSG. After that of Leonardo, the departure of Mauricio Pochettino should follow. The Argentinian technician, who arrived in Paris a year and a half ago, did not convince despite the title of champion of France. Zinedine Zidane’s name has come up regularly among the Argentine’s potential successors. But according to France Bleu, the arrival of Campos would mortgage the chances of seeing ZZ sit on the PSG bench, because the French technician would like to have “full powers over recruitment.” Téléfoot for its part announced on Sunday that the French technician will not come.

This is not the only obstacle for Zidane, who is also looking at the side of the French team with the possibility of succeeding Didier Deschamps after the World Cup in Qatar, if the tricolor coach were to leave his post. . Other names have been put forward by various media, from Antonio Conte to Thiago Motta via Joachim Löw, Christophe Galtier, Sergio Conceiçao or Ruben Amorim. Quickly identifying the next PSG coach will be Campos’ priority if his arrival is confirmed, even if his role would go beyond the simple framework of the first team.

Secondly, there will be the question of staffing. And in particular departures, an area in which Leonardo has not really distinguished himself since his return to the club in 2019. Degreasing a bloated group will be one of the major challenges of the PSG summer. Even if it must also strengthen in certain sectors, and in particular in the midfield. The track leading to the French international Aurélien Tchouameni, also followed by… Real Madrid, is regularly mentioned. In attack, Paris would be interested in Ousmane Dembélé, at the end of the contract at Barça and close to Mbappé, to compensate for the departure of Angel Di Maria.

Ousmane Dembélé (FC Barcelona)

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