It is done ! According to our information, Luis Campos is the new strongman of the sports component at PSG. The Portuguese signed his three-year contract with the capital club on Friday. He became sports adviser to the president, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, in charge of the first team.
The 57-year-old man has already been at the helm for several days. He replaces the Brazilian Leonardo in this function. A strong man, he intends to lead a sporting revolution at the club, by bringing order to behaviors that deviate from the sporting line. For the transfer window and only concerning sales, he will be supported this summer by Antero Henrique, the former sports director of PSG (2017-2019).
Campos is now facing a huge project, even if the main thing has been done, with the extension of the contract of Kylian Mbappé, committed until 2025 with Paris. The new strongman in the sports sector, who officiated in Monaco and Lille, two French champion clubs ahead of Paris in 2017 and 2021, will only work with the first team. For example, he will not take care of training or the women’s section. He has already targeted at least four recruits: a central defender, two midfielders and a versatile striker. Reinforcements will be more numerous depending on departures.
In this area, with Henrique at the helm, no less than ten candidates to empty their lockers from the Camp des Loges have been targeted. Others will be retained, like Sergio Ramos and Keylor Navas, if they wish. For the Spanish defender, there are few doubts. For the goalkeeper, promised a status of number 2 behind Gianluigi Donnarumma, the uncertainty remains even if the Costa Rican explained that he felt good in Paris, in the company of his family.
In addition to the transfer window, Campos will now go in search of a coach. Mauricio Pochettino’s days are numbered. Under contract until 2023, the Argentinian technician will be dismissed in the coming weeks, as soon as Nasser Al-Khelaïfi is available. The leader is retained for personal reasons in Doha, Qatar. To replace Pochettino, who arrived on January 3, 2021, a short list has been established. Christophe Galtier, 55, champion with Lille and Campos, is one of the favorites. The coach is under contract with the Aiglons until June 30, 2024. Paris will have to compensate Nice for having him on their bench. Galtier is obviously interested in the Parisian challenge. To date and despite mutual interest, the Zinédine Zidane track is not relevant.
In addition to the transfer window and the choice of coach, validated by Qatar, the adviser will set the next rules of life, when the professional group resumes, currently scheduled for July 4. Too many passes and letting go have been observed in recent seasons within the first team. Attitudes not always compatible with high-level sport, without any authority coming to call them to order. Campos intends to put an end to the club Med side of PSG, already one of the missions of his predecessor, Leonardo, without any notable result. A new era is hoped for at PSG.