When you can claim to unearth talents such as Kylian Mbappe, Anthony Martial and Fabinho and sell them on for large sums of money, itâ€™s little wonder Luis Campos is seen as one of the best sporting directorâ€™s in world football.
Camposâ€™ work at both Monaco and Lille saw them go from clubs lacking direction to both winning the French division with him playing a significant role, the latterâ€™s achievement last season even more impressive given the financial muscle of Paris Saint-Germain.
Linked with a whole host of Premier League clubs in the past 18 months, from Manchester United to Arsenal, Campos is one of best at what he does and itâ€™s no surprise to see his name touted as a potential target for Newcastle.
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Over the last decade, Camposâ€™ dealings in the transfer market has been remarkable.
Outside of the aforementioned Mbappe, Martial and Fabinho, he has also played a key role in the futures of Bernado Silva, Nicolas Pepe, Victor Osimhen and Thomas Lemar.
While United fans wonâ€™t want to see future world-class players leave Newcastle due to Camposâ€™ knack for getting premium fees for players, he can also attract them.
While at Monaco, he helped bring in James Rodriguez, Joao Moutinho, Radamel Falcao and Geoffrey Kondogbia for big fees.
He also spotted Martial.
When asked about the role he played in the now Manchester United forwardâ€™s move to Monaco, he said: â€œHe had played only eight minutes for Lyon and they needed the money, so I told my CEO I need this boy. He said: â€˜Are you sure he could be a striker for us?â€™ I said: â€˜We need to work with him but I believe he will become the best striker in France,â€™â€
Before long, he was showcasing his brilliance in the Premier League and the club had made a hefty profit of Â£46million.
And itâ€™s not like clubs have fallen apart once players have left.
Rodriguez, Â£63m, and Falcaoâ€™s departure for Real Madrid and United respectively saw them replaced by Silva, Â£10m, and Tiemoue Bakayoko, Â£6m.
When at Lille sold Pepe and Gabriel to Arsenal for almost Â£90million profit and went on to win Ligue 1 for the first time since 2011.
But itâ€™s his work with Mbappe which really put Campos on the map.
Unhappy with playing for the youth sides, Mbappe met with Campos who immediately recognised his brilliance and promoted him to the clubâ€™s B Team in October 2015.
Three weeks later he was a part of the first team and in 2017 the club had won the French league with their new star scoring 26 goals in 44 games across all competitions.
PSG came calling, unsurprisingly, and he was sold after an initial loan for Â£151m.
Having also worked for Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid, his contacts around the game are unparalleled and it would be viewed as a major coup if Newcastle were able to secure his services.
When linked with a move to United, Campos spoke about the importance of a sporting director at a club.
â€œA sporting director is very, very important,â€ he told Sky Sports in 2019. â€œOf course I believe I could help Manchester United, but I respect the politics of the club. ItÊ¼s very prestigious, very, very prestigious, but in modern football you need a sporting director. If you have a sporting director you have this sensibility.
â€œBefore, the coach did everything, but now the information is arriving very fast. Now the world is very different. You need to know players in every part of the world. Itâ€™s important the club has one project and with a sporting director everyone understands where they go.
â€œYou need one person with the sensibility for the sporting and economic situation. In modern football you need both to work together. If they donâ€™t work together you have a disaster.â€