Man Utd must act fast to bring in perfect transfer guru after fresh development
Manchester United have a small window of opportunity to bring in the very man they’ve been waiting several years for with Luis Campos on the verge of leaving Lille. United have a long held interest in Campos, who is widely regarded as one of the most successful sporting directors in world football.
This past summer transfer window proved to be another frustrating process for United fans who had their hearts set on Jadon Sancho after months of speculation.
No deal materialised though as United ended up signing five players on deadline day.
Unlike other clubs, United have refused to adopt an approach with a sporting director at the helm of negotiations for transfers.
Instead, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held much of the control when it comes to negotiations.
There have looked at the possibility of bringing in a director of football or someone with experience of such a role, but have so far overlooked hiring a new position.
That may well change now though after developments this week that Campos has asked Lille to be released from his contract.
It comes as a bit of a surprise with Lille currently sitting top of Ligue 1, two points ahead of perennial champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Campos has held his position at Lille for three seasons, during which he has helped raise over £300million in player sales such as Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal.
Victor Osimhen also went from a £20m signing in 2019 to being sold for four times that amount this past window.
Despite the money generated from player sales, Lille have still managed to build a team capable of competing near the top of the table.
But now with Campos soon to be available, clubs all over Europe will be scrambling to bring him in.
This is also the man who helped build Monaco’s title-winning team from behind the scenes, including unearthing Kylian Mbappe.
Once Campos is released from his contract at Lille, it will unlikely take long before he takes up a new role at another European club.
This is now an opportunity for United to step into the 21st century of transfer negotiations by bringing in one of the best in the game.
Woodward reportedly refused to interview Campos years ago when Jose Mourinho recommended the sporting director.
He can’t afford to make that same mistake this time around after a disappointing summer transfer window.