Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma Linked With Moves for Lille Sporting Director Luis Campos

?Chelsea, Arsenal and Roma are all reportedly hopeful of hiring Lille sporting director Luis Campos during the summer. 

The Premier League sides will face stiff competition from Serie A team Roma for Campos’ services, following his role in Lille’s impressive domestic campaign this season with the club currently sitting in second in Ligue 1 and looking likely to qualify for the Champions League. 

Lille’s performances have been seen as mightily impressive considering the French side only avoided the relegation play-off last season by a single point.

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Campos was also the sporting director at AS Monaco during the 2016/17 season, in which Leonardo Jardim’s pipped Paris Saint Germain to the Ligue 1 title and also progressed to the Champions League semi finals before losing 4-1 on aggregate to ?Juventus.

According to ?TuttoMercatoWeb, the European trio will look to appoint Campos at the end of the season, with ?Arsenal and Roma in particular looking towards the Portuguese after Roma’s former sporting director Monchi left the Italian capital to join Sevilla, favouring the Spanish side over a move to Arsenal.

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Campos can also boast a spell as a scout at Spanish giants ?Real Madrid during his career, as well as a stint as a manager at several Portuguese clubs such as Beira-Mar and Gil Vicente.

The 54-year-old is also accredited with the discovery of several well known European talents such as PSG’s ?Kylian Mbappe, ?Manchester United’s ?Anthony Martial and ?Manchester City’s ?Bernardo Silva.

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Campos’ additions to Lille’s current squad include former ?Southampton players Jose Fonte and Jeremy Pied as well as former ??Chelsea striker Loic Remy.

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Leeds Monitoring Boca Juniors Star Nahitan Nandez Ahead of Potential Summer Move

Leeds are among a number of teams tracking Boca Juniors star and Uruguay international Nahitan Nandez ahead of a potential summer move.

Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds have been one of the success stories of the Championship this season and the Argentine tactician already has an eye on his native market as he plans for a potentially exciting summer of deals. 

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Bielsa is not alone in his admiration of Nandez, and Leeds could face competition from Serie A trio Fiorentina, Cagliari and Sampdoria. South American stars often move to Italy but league position could also prove a definitive factor if Leeds secure promotion to the Premier League.

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League leaders Norwich have a four-point advantage on second place but just a point separates Sheffield United and Leeds with eight games remaining. That final position will have a huge say in Leeds’ appeal and transfer funds in the summer but for now, Bielsa is targeting some audacious moves.

The 23-year-old Nandez is a Uruguay international and played every game at the summer World Cup, helping his side to the quarter finals before they fell to eventual winners France. Nandez was also a regular starter in the Boca Juniors midfield as they won the Argentine Primera Division last season.

The combative star earned particular praise for his starring role in Uruguay’s win over Portugal at the World Cup and could add some much-needed mettle to Bielsa’s side. Leeds have been criticised for having a ‘soft underbelly’ which could prove crucial if the Whites find themselves in the Premier League next season.

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Leeds are one of the favourites to secure promotion to the Premier League this season after spending the majority of the campaign in the automatic promotion places. A recent defeat to promotion rivals Sheffield United saw the Blades leapfrog Leeds into second place but the competition remains on for a tense climax to the campaign.

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Marco Reus ‘Confident’ Germany Can Beat Netherlands & Put Poor Recent Run Behind Them

?Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus is ‘confident’ Germany can overcome the Netherlands as they begin their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign in Amsterdam. 

Die Mannschaft will be hoping for a return to some semblance of normality following a disastrous year that saw them crash out of the 2018 World Cup at the group stages – having won the tournament four years earlier – as well as being relegated to the second tier of the Nations League after finishing bottom of a group containing France and tomorrow’s opponents. 

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Despite a poor recent run for Joachim Low’s side, ?Reus has insisted the squad have the quality to turn things around, although need the ‘right mindset’ in order to do so, starting against the Netherlands. 

As quoted by the ?national team’s website, he said: “If we have the right mindset and work together as a team, then we have every chance of getting a result there. We need to be quick on the counter, stay compact in defence and we have to want it.

“If we do that on the night, then it’s difficult for anyone against us and I’m confident that we will win the game. Our aim is to give 100 per cent and we will do all we can to get the three points.”


At 29, Reus – who provided the assist for Leon Gortezka’s equaliser in Germany’s 1-1 draw with Serbia last time out – is one of the most experienced members of Low’s squad following his decision to make ?Bayern Munich trio Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller unavailable for future squads to make space for younger players.  

It’s a responsibility that the attacker has welcomed however, comparing it to the role he already has under Lucien Favre at ?Dortmund, helping the likes of England starlet Jadon Sancho. 

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He added: “It’s my job to carry responsibility at club level and I try to do the same here. It will take time though as a lot of young players have come into the squad and still need to find their feet. Our goal is to reach the same level we were at.”

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Zanka Joins Huddersfield Town Danish Duo in Voicing Desire to Leave Yorkshire Club in Summer

Huddersfield Town defender Zanka has suggested that he may look to leave the Terriers in the summer, with the Yorkshire club seemingly condemned to relegation from the Premier League this season.

The Denmark international has joined his fellow club and international colleagues Jonas Lossl and Philip Billing in expressing their desire to move on to new clubs following the conclusion of Huddersfield’s wretched Premier League campaign, which sees them currently 16 points from safety.

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Speaking to ?Ekstra Bladet (as quoted by ?Sport Witness) Zanka explained that he will discuss his future with the club and will soon make a decision.

?Zanka said: “All I can say is that I have a year left of my contract this summer. And we’ll probably have a talk this summer, what the future should offer for both of us.

“Now there are some new people who sit and make the decisions, so the talk we have had before is not relevant anymore. They have not yet recruited a new sports director, but the talk must be taken within the next few months.”

The news of Zanka’s admission will make for further worrying news for Huddersfield fans, as the Dane follows Lossl and Billing in commenting on rumoured transfers away from the John Smith’s Stadium.

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Philip Billing was rather direct in approaching rumours of an exit from the ?Terriers, all but confirming a summer transfer.

Billing said: “I have been in Huddersfield for a long time, so this summer it is time to try a new challenge.

“I’ll try something new. The Premier League is great and I love the English football culture. I know there is interest from others in the UK and abroad.”

Goalkeeper Jonas Lossl also entertained talk of a potential transfer, with AS Monaco and Marseille reportedly battling for his signature.

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Lossl said: “It’s a huge honour. These are huge clubs. Some I could only dream of playing for. It’s a pat on the shoulder and proof that I did well when I was in France and also in the past few seasons, and that I’m currently standing on a springboard to take a step I’ve always wanted. Whether it will be there will be exciting to see.

“I feel I have shown I have the level. I feel I have played two good seasons, so I’m proud. It’s not just my choice, there’s also the requirement of a club agreeing with me.”

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Frank de Boer Insists He Failed at Inter Because He Was Forced to Manage a ‘Rotten Group’

?Frank de Boer has insisted that his unsuccessful stint at Inter in 2016 was due to the ‘rotten group’ he was forced to manage.

The Dutch coach took charge of the Nerazzurri at the start of 2016/17, but he lasted just three months before he was sacked, having won just five of his 14 games in charge. He went on to manage Crystal Palace the following season, but lasted an even shorter amount of time, losing his job after just five games.

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Speaking to Algemeen Dagblad, as per ?Football Italia, De Boer has spoken about his ill-fated time at ?Inter, claiming that the club wasn’t willing to adapt to his long-term visions and that he was prevented from restructuring the squad at his disposal.

“I had taken on too much at Inter. I wanted to change the entire structure and culture, because that club hadn’t won anything for a long time.

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“I was dealing with a rotten group, but wasn’t allowed to throw out certain players. I perhaps should’ve pushed a bit harder, because if you want to create change, you have to get a lot done right away. Maybe I tried to be everyone’s friend and that just wasn’t possible.”

De Boer is now in charge of reigning MLS champions Atlanta United and, despite being yet to win a league game so far this season, the former Dutch international added that he has learned from the mistakes he made in his previous two jobs.

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“I did good things at Inter and ?Crystal Palace, but also have to look at myself in the mirror and admit some things could’ve gone better. I learned from that experience.”

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