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Fabinho, Leao, Bernardo Silva, Osimhen… the best shots of Luis Campos, expected at PSG

Announced very close to signing for Paris Saint-Germain to take over from Leonardo, Luis Campos stood out, during his visits to Monaco (2013-2016) and Lille (2017-2020), for his ability to achieve very nice moves on the transfer market.

Fabinho (Monaco, 2013)

He was one of Luis Campos’ first recruits when he took up his post at the Rocher club. In the summer of 2013, an anonymous 20-year-old Brazilian midfielder arrived on the Côte d’Azur. At the time, Fabinho belonged to Portuguese club Rio Ave and had just completed a season on loan with Real Madrid, with whom he played almost exclusively as a reserve player (only one game with the first team). Campos, a scout on the side of the Merengue club that season, then decided to bring him to Monaco, where the Brazilian spent two seasons on loan before being bought definitively in 2015.

The following? A permanent status in the Monegasque midfielder for several seasons, a title of champion of France alongside Kylian Mbappé in 2017 and a transfer of 45 million in the summer of 2018 to Liverpool, where he will become an essential cog.

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Victor Osimhen (Lille, 2019)

In the summer of 2019, LOSC spent around 12 million euros on a young 20-year-old Nigerian striker who had just had a promising season with Charleroi, in Belgian D1 (20 goals in 36 games in all competitions). Ligue 1 followers quickly understood this investment since it soared from its debut in the French league: two doubles in the first three days and a first season concluded with 18 goals and six assists in 38 games in all competitions. With the premature end of the season due to Covid-19, the Super Eagles striker only wore the Dogues jersey for seven months before leaving for Napoli for 80 million euros.

Bernardo Silva (Monaco, 2014)

Along with Fabinho, he is the other symbol of Monaco which is having an exceptional 2016-2017 season, punctuated by a title of champion of France (with 95 points) and a semi-final of the Champions League. Like the Brazilian midfielder, Bernardo Silva was an illustrious unknown when he arrived on the Rock in the summer of 2014. Trained at Benfica Lisbon, he only played three small first division games with the Portuguese club. Loaned to ASM at just 20 years old, he quickly impressed with his technical accuracy and became a starter after a handful of matches. In the summer of 2017, in the wake of the Ligue 1 coronation, he was recruited by Manchester City for 50 million euros.

Rafael Leao (Lille, 2019)

Another Portuguese out of the hat of the magician Campos. In 2019, Rafael Leao, at the end of his contract at Sporting Portugal, signed for Lille for free. Again, the striker has almost no reference at the highest level, except for three match ends in Liga Nos and an entry into play in the Europa League. Back then, Leao mostly shone in the Youth League, with five goals and three assists. While the striker decides to break his contract with Sporting because, according to him, of violence against certain players, Campos smells the right shot.

He took it well: after a promising first season in the North, where, for example, we saw him score six goals in seven Ligue 1 games in the middle of winter, he went to AC Milan in summer 2019 against approximately 30 million euros. This season, he has greatly contributed to the title of the Rossoneri in Serie A and was even crowned best player in Serie A.

Anthony Martial (Monaco, 2013)

At the Olympique Lyonnais training center, he was on the radar of many recruiters. It was still necessary to have the nerve to put five million euros on the table for a 17-year-old player who only accumulated 57 minutes as a professional. Arrived in the Principality in August 2013, he waited until November to play his first official match in the Monegasque jersey. After a 2013-2014 season of adaptation at a high level (2 goals in 11 games in all competitions), he won in the 2014-2015 financial year (48 games, 12 goals, five assists). In the summer of 2015, at 19, he joined Manchester United for the tidy sum of 50 million euros, along with 30 million bonuses.

Zeki Celik (Lille, 2018)

Luis Campos also has networks in Turkey, as evidenced by the ultra-smart recruitment of Zeki Celik, unearthed in the summer of 2018 in Turkish D2, at Istanbulspor. Bought for 2.5 million euros, the side was 21 when he settled in Lille and he will soon establish himself in his lane. Established by Christophe Galtier from the first day of Ligue 1, he will never leave the northern eleven again and will also become a part of the Turkish selection thanks to his performances in the jersey of the Mastiffs. During the 2020-2021 financial year, he is one of the great craftsmen of the title in Ligue 1.

Nicolas Pepé (Lille, 2017)

Recruiters from all over Europe had their eyes on him after his outbreak in Angers and Campos was able to find the arguments to convince him to join the Lille project. At the end of an extremely remarkable 2016-2017 season on the Anjou side, where he impressed with his speed and his percussion skills, Nicolas Pépé signed up with LOSC for around 10 million euros. In the North, it continues its meteoric rise. After scoring 13 goals and delivering four assists in Ligue 1 during the 2017-2018 season, he achieved an absolutely exceptional 2018-2019 financial year, punctuated by 22 goals and 11 caviars. Enough to convince Arsenal to line up 80 million euros in the summer of 2019 to snatch it from the Mastiffs.

Jonathan Ikoné (Lille, 2018)

Trained at Paris Saint-Germain, Jonathan Ikoné went from the status of Parisian Titi who never managed to win in the capital to a French international and essential cog in the LOSC champion of France 2021. After playing seven ends of the match in professional in the jersey of PSG during the 2016-2017 season and having seasoned himself on loan with Montpellier in 2017-2018 (37 games, three goals), the native of Bondy, born the same year as Kylian Mbappé, opts for the LOSC in the summer of 2018.

Bought five million euros by the Mastiffs, he no longer leaves the indisputable titular costume until the end of his Lille adventure. Last January, after entertaining the public of Pierre-Mauroy on his right side for three and a half years, he decided to commit to Fiorentina.

And also…

  • Lemar (Monaco, 2015)
  • Geoffrey Kondogbia (Monaco, 2013)
  • Tiémoue Bakayoko (Monaco, 2014)
  • Rony Lopes (Monaco, 2015)
  • Thiago Mendes (Lille, 2017)
  • Renato Sanches (Lille, 2019)
  • Burak Yilmaz (Lille, 2020)

Felix Gabory RMC Sport journalist

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