Sir Jim Ratcliffe reportedly wants Manchester United to hire Luis Campos if he’s able to purchase the club from the Glazers. The billionaire signalled an interest in buying the Red Devils last month, despite their current owners showing no signs of selling up. And fans will be hoping the 69-year-old comes to their rescue as they look for a big change over at Old Trafford.
The Glazers have been in the spotlight ever since buying Manchester United back in 2005.
And with the club toiling in the years since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, the calls for them to leave have grown in volume over the past couple of years.
Last month, Ratcliffe confirmed he was interested in buying United. The British billionaire is one of the richest men in the country, and missed out on purchasing Chelsea to American Todd Boehly.
Now, according to Le Parisien, the 69-year-old would like United to appoint Campos as sporting director if a takeover bid proves to be successful.
Campos is currently working at Paris Saint-Germain as an advisor and helped the Ligue 1 giants with their transfer business back in the summer.
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For a while, now, PSG have largely focused on attracting the world’s biggest and best players to the Parc des Princes.
That was evident 12 months ago, when they landed Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos and Gianluigi Donnarumma on free transfers from Barcelona, Real Madrid and AC Milan respectively.
This summer, however, things were different.
Instead of going down the Galactico route, the Ligue 1 side focused on young recruits such as Hugo Ekitike, Nordi Mukiele, Renato Sanchez and Vitinha.
And PSG also made shrewd signings in Fabian Ruiz and Carlos Solder, who arrived from Napoli and Valencia respectively.
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Campos made his name as a sporting director at Monaco, where he worked between 2013 and 2016.
He played a role in blockbuster deals for the likes of Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez – while also helping to bring in the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar as well.
Campos then proceeded to work at Lille for three years and took up his role at PSG as a football advisor back in the summer, with reports claiming at the time that Kylian Mbappe was key to his appointment.
United don’t currently have a sporting director.
John Murtough and Darren Fletcher both work below Richard Arnold, while the club scrapped Ralf Rangnick’s consultancy role following his dire spell as interim manager.
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A spokesperson for Ratcliffe confirmed his interest in buying United last month, telling The Times: “If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer.
“If something like this was possible, we would be interested in talking with a view to long-term ownership.
“This is not about the money that has been spent or not spent. Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it feels like the time is right for a reset.”
Yet football finance expert Kieran Maguire still thinks the Glazers are under no incentive to sell.
“Why would the Glazers sell?” he said.
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“I think they will be reluctant to sell the club. They have taken dividends out so the club is still financially very lucrative for them and they believe there is a lot of value that isn’t priced into the share price.
“Microsoft bought Activision, the games company, for £65bn a couple of months ago and Manchester United see themselves as a quasi-tech company. If you have 100 million people on your app, you have all that data about them.
“There is value in that club, they just don’t seem to be very good at extracting it right now.
“Nobody in football does, they’re all sitting around saying ‘There is a key to Pandora’s box and someone’s going to open it’. If they do, they want to be part of it. It’s why I do think they will be reluctant to sell.
“The fans are moaning, but they’re still buying the shirts.”
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