CHELSEA want to make Luis Campos their next director of football.
That’s according to journalist Duncan Castles, who believes the Lille sporting director has doubts over whether he can be successful at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have been without a director of football since Michael Emenalo left to join Monaco at the end of 2017.
If they do fill that void, however, a new appointment could be unable to make any signings – with FIFA handing them a two-window transfer ban last month.
However, Castles claims they are interested in bringing Campos – who was linked with a move to Manchester United earlier this season.
“Chelsea are looking at the recruitment problems which are obviously very broad scaled given that they’re about to have a transfer window ban from FIFA, which they’ve tried to have suspended unsuccessfully so far,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.
“I suspect they’ll go to the court of arbitration of sport to challenge FIFA’s decision not to give them a suspension while they appeal that ban. But as things stand, they’re not gonna be able to do anything in the next two windows.
“This has broader repercussions than just what they can shop for in the coming summer to improve a squad that we can all see has significant problems and who their current manager, if he survives, clearly isn’t happy with.
“They are again looking for a director of football, the post that they didn’t replace after Michael Emenalo resigned to go to Monaco in 2017, at the end of 2017.
“Chelsea are unsurprisingly interested. Campos, they’ve been in conversations with him again”
“They’ve been in contact again as they were at that time with Luis Campos, who is in charge of recruitment at Lille – second in Ligue 1 – was previously in charge of Monaco and was responsible for building a team that took the French title off PSG and got them to the semi-final of the Champions League and also subsequently raised more transfer-fee revenue in a single window than any club ever by selling players like Kylian Mbappe being the key example.
“Chelsea are unsurprisingly interested. Campos, they’ve been in conversations with him again. The problem they have is he doesn’t want to go to Chelsea unless he knows he has a good chance of succeeding.
“And I think this is telling about where Chelsea are as a football club because if this was five years ago, Chelsea approached technical director at a European club and asked him to come and join them, not a top-tier, absolute elite European club, I don’t think the conversation would go on for long. They’d be able to hire the guy they wanted.
“But Campos is highly regarded, there is interest from other clubs. He has been looking to move to the Premier League, considering a move to the Premier League for some time now. [He] has been approached.
“He was the man Jose Mourinho recommended to Manchester United to come in, to be their first director of football – something Ed Woodward did not want to do, i.e. appoint Mourinho’s recommendation for the role.
“So he is an extremely strong candidate on his track record, but if he moves to the Premier League he wants to come to a club where he has a chance of success and his concern isn’t just the transfer window ban, which obviously if your specialism is recruitment you’re gonna be worried about a two transfer window ban, but it’s also where the club is generally, what kind of finances are available, what the structure of the club is, what the plans of the owner are, whether the owner is going to stay on long term.
“I understand he’s looking for reassurance on all of those areas before deciding whether to take it or not.
“Just to underline, it’s very worrying for Chelsea that they’re now in a position where potential hires, being a manager, technical director or players, are asking serious questions about what the status of the club is and what their ambitions are and how likely they are gonna be able to succeed in their jobs.”