The Merengues hope to bring Luis Campos to Madrid, he who has already led scouting missions for the club.
Real Madrid are close to closing a deal with highly regarded sporting director Luis Campos. Goal has learned that further talks are scheduled for next week.
The Merengue are in the process of reshaping themselves after a first campaign without a trophy since Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure in 2009-2010. There are plenty of changes on and off the pitch in the Spanish capital, with Zinédine Zidane already stepping down as head coach with a year remaining in his contract.
Sources have revealed to Goal that talks with Campos, who served as a recruiter and tactical analyst for the La Liga giants under José Mourinho, have been ongoing for at least two months.
Both sides were keen to ensure that planning for the future does not disrupt efforts on the ground. Campos and his representatives have the utmost respect for Zidane and wanted Madrid to focus fully on their end of the season.
It turned out to be difficult, which led the legendary French coach to leave his post. The Portuguese have had close ties with Los Blancos president Florentino Perez and general manager José Angel Sanchez for more than a decade.
The 56-year-old, who served as director of football in Lille, Ligue 1, has been briefed on Madrid’s long-term plans. His success in France, where his last employers won an unexpected title this season, was noticed by the Spaniards.
It is also impossible to ignore that he played an important role in the success of Monaco, which won the national title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2017.
He has remained close to Kylian Mbappé since leaving his post at Stade Louis II, and this relationship is of obvious interest to Real. The world champion striker, who now plays for Paris Saint-Germain, remains a prime target for Real.
Any advantage they can get in the pursuit of the 22-year-old, who is approaching the final year of his current contract at Parc des Princes, will be welcomed in Madrid.