Former AS Monaco transfer guru Luis Campos has joined up with Luxembourg businessman Gérard Lopez, who just last weekend signed an exclusivity agreement with Lille to become the Ligue 1 side’s new owner.
Luis Campos had been involved in intense negotiations with Marseille, but according to France Football the man who is currently working as a freelancer for Manchester United decided that OM’s budget for the winter transfer window was not acceptable enough.
Campos is understood to have identified 3 points of weakness within the OM squad, laying out a plan to sign reinforcements in those areas in January, including in defence.
He is understood to have been unimpressed with the degree to which Marseille were unwilling to undergo a total footballing overhaul in terms of training and scouting methods as well.
Campos had also provisionally earmarked three potential managers for new Marseille owner Frank McCourt to go after, notably Jocelyn Gourvennec, Rudi Garcia and Laurent Blanc. The second name in that list has interested new Marseille President Jacques-Henri Eyraud.
Speaking in a press release, Campos confirmed that he would be aiding Mr Lopez in forming his Lille project in the coming months:
“I have had the opportunity to exchange a lot with Gérard Lopez. I was able to appreciate his professionalism but also his true passion for football. This decision will allow us to do some very wonderful things in the future.”
The great irony is that Gérard Lopez was one of the key contenders alongside McCourt to buy Marseille, and made his frustration known to the French media when the former LA Dodgers owner was selected instead of him.
Now, it appears, he has got revenge already on OM, nicking away from them a potential Sporting Director.