French outlet RMC Sport broke the news that LOSC Lille Director of Football and famed talent-spotter Luís Campos had requested to cancel his contract with the Ligue 1 club.
It has sparked speculation that the Portuguese scout may be set for a reunion with Tottenham Hotspur manager José Mourinho, whom he worked with at Real Madrid some years ago.
Suggestions have also been made that Campos may make a return to AS Monaco, where he recruited much of the side which went on to clinch the 2016/17 Ligue 1 title.
However, the near-completion of Newcastle’s United prospective takeover by Saudi-backed financier Amanda Staveley opens the door to another possible destination for Campos: St James’ Park.
The 55-year-old is a former Real Madrid scout and analyst, as well as holding Director of Football roles at AS Monaco and Lille, catapulting both French sides to domestic glory and Champions League football respectively.
Campos has been innovative and inspired in his work, drawing on a vast network of scouts to procure the best talents from around the world. He is credited with the discoveries of Liverpool midfielder Fabinho and Kylian Mbappé, as well as overseeing the likes of Bernardo Silva and James Rodríguez’s moves to Monaco.