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Five players unearthed by Luis Campos as he ‘holds talks’ over Arsenal role


Arsenal are in talks with transfer guru Luis Campos over a role at the club this summer.

It comes as the club continue to shuffle their backroom staff in a bid to maximise efficiency after a tough year in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta is set to stay on as manager but is keen on bolstering his squad further in the transfer window.

RMC Sport report that the Gunners are in talks with former Lille football director Campos, who worked with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid as a scout in 2012, an advisory role on the board – with Edu their main transfer man.

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Campos has an extensive history in the role with Lille and Monaco, but who has he signed in the past?

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe is one of the best players in the world

Perhaps Campos’ biggest success story is his handling of Mbappe for Monaco, who was already at the club but had his sights set on leaving amid interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

The Portuguese chief managed to convince him to stay at Monaco by promoting him from the B team, where he would become a superstar at the age of 16, before completing a £166m move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Fabinho

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Fabinho was signed by Luis Campos twice – at Monaco and Real Madrid

When Fabinho joined Monaco on a permanent basis in 2015, this was not the first time Campos signed the midfielder after bringing him to Real Madrid back in 2012.

And there was a clear reason, the Brazilian has gone on to be a world-class star with Liverpool – winning the Champions League and Premier League after becoming a lynchpin in Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Nicolas Pepe

Nicolas Pepe is Arsenal’s record transfer at £72m

Arsenal fans are all aware of Pepe’s talent after making him their record signing on £72m but it was Campos who brought him to Lille in the first place.

Despite a modest return for Angers in 2016/17, Campos saw his talent and brought him to the Stade Pierre Mauroy where the Ivorian would become one of the most sought-after stars in 2019.

Who should Arsenal sign in the transfer window this summer? Leave your comments below.

Allan Saint-Maximin

Newcastle's star man Allan Saint-Maximin is a doubt for the game with Liverpool
Newcastle star Allan Saint-Maximin is the main man on Tyneside

The fun-loving winger at Newcastle is another talent to find his way in Ligue 1 before moving onto more illustrious settings, and another Campos had his eye on.

In 2015, Saint-Maximin was signed by Monaco before joining Hannover 96 immediately that season and after he spent another year on loan to Bastia – a short spell at Nice would follow while the Magpies signed the Frenchman in 2019.

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Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial was brought to Monaco by Luis Campos

Campos famously told Sky Sports in 2019 that after watching just eight minutes of Martial, he knew he “must sign him” – and that is exactly what he did when he pinched the striker from Lyon for £4m in 2013.

Just two years later, Monaco had made a massive profit on the Frenchman after selling him to Manchester United for a potential fee of £58m.





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