Arsenal ‘in talks’ with Lille, Monaco transfer mastermind

Arsenal have reportedly held talks with former Lille and Monaco sporting director Luis Campos about a potential role at the Emirates.

Transfer guru Campos is widely considered to be one of the best talent spotters in Europe having built title-winning sides at Monaco and Lille.

He left his role at Lille earlier this season, but put the building blocks in place to break Paris Saint-Germain’s stranglehold of Ligue 1.

They became the first team to win the league since Monaco in 2017, a side also built by Campos.

The 56-year-old spotted the likes of Fabinho and Kylian Mbappe, who have gone on to become among the best players in their positions in world football.

Campos has been linked with a return to Madrid, where he worked for a spell under Jose Mourinho, but RMC Sport suggest Arsenal are also interested.

The report claims the Gunners have held talks with Campos over a move to the Premier League side.

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Campos would work alongside technical director Edu and newly appointed director of football operations Richard Garlick, as they attempt to rebuild the Arsenal squad with Mikel Arteta in charge.

Arteta and Edu are currently in talks over how to evolve the squad having missed out on European football last season, and the Spanish manager admits much more needs to be done.

“The squad needs changing,” he said last month. “There were already a lot of changes in December, something that has not been done in years, but it tells us where we were. Things are going to have to change and the owners are going to back it up.

“We have not been competing with the top clubs in this country for five years.

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“It is not as if this process started six months ago – it started five years ago and you can see this trend. This year is not year one.

“I think a project has its phases and I am telling you we are in a much better position today to be where we want to be very soon – if we do what we have to do.

“But we have to be ruthless. There is no time to waste and there is a lot to do.”

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