Mercato: Fabinho, Leao, Bernardo Silva, Osimhen... Luis Campos' best shots expected at PSG

Mercato: Fabinho, Leao, Bernardo Silva, Osimhen… Luis Campos’ best shots expected at PSG

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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 make very nice plays in the market transfer.

Fabinho (Monaco, 2013)

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

The continuation? A fixed status in the Monegasque midfielder for several seasons, a French champion title alongside Kylian Mbappé in 2017 and a transfer of 45 million in the summer of 2018 to Liverpool, where he will become a fundamental piece.

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Victor Osimhen (Lille, 2019)

In the summer of 2019, LOSC spent around €12 million on a young 20-year-old Nigerian striker who had just had a promising season at Charleroi in the Belgian D1 (20 goals in 36 games in all competitions). Ligue 1 supporters were quick to understand this reversal since it skyrocketed from his debut in the French league: two braces in the first three matchdays and a first season concluded with 18 goals and six assists in 38 games in all competitions. With the season ending prematurely due to Covid-19, the Super Eagles striker only wore the Dogues shirt for seven months before leaving for Napoli for 80 million euros.

Bernardo Silva (Monaco, 2014)

Together with Fabinho, he is the other symbol of Monaco who is starring in an exceptional 2016-2017 season, marked by a French champion title (with 95 points) and a Champions League semi-final. Like the Brazilian midfielder, Bernardo Silva was an illustrious unknown when he arrived at the Rock in the summer of 2014. Trained at Benfica Lisbon, he only played three small first division games for the Portuguese club. Loaned out to ASM at just 20 years old, he quickly impressed with his technical precision and became a starter after a handful of matches. In the summer of 2017, after the coronation of Ligue 1, he was signed 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 de Portugal, signed for Lille for free. Again, the striker has almost no references at the highest level, except for three game finishes in the Liga Nos and one game in the Europa League. At that time, Leao shone above all 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 dead of winter, he left for AC Milan in the summer of 2019 for around €30m. . This season, he has greatly contributed to the Rossoneri’s Serie A title and was even crowned the best player in Serie A.

Anthony Martial (Monaco, 2013)

At the Olympique Lyonnais training center, he was on the radar of many recruiters. You still had to have nerve to put five million euros on the table for a 17-year-old who only accumulated 57 minutes as a professional. Arriving in the Principality in August 2013, he waited until November to play his first official match in the Monegasque shirt. After a 2013-2014 season of adaptation to 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 the age of 19, he signed for 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-intelligent signing of Zeki Celik, discovered in the summer of 2018 in the Turkish D2, at Istanbulspor. Bought for 2.5 million euros, the winger was 21 years old when he settled at Lille and will soon settle in their lane. Established by Christophe Galtier from the first day of Ligue 1, he will never again leave the northern eleven and will also become part of the Turkish team thanks to his performances in the Mastiffs jersey. During the 2020-2021 financial year he is one of the great architects of the title in Ligue 1.

Nicolas Pepe (Lille, 2017)

Recruiters from all over Europe had their eyes on him after his appearance in Angers and Campos knew how to find the arguments to convince him to join the Lille project. At the end of a very outstanding 2016-2017 season in the Anjou team, where he impressed with his speed and his percussion, Nicolas Pépé signed for LOSC for around 10 million euros. In the north, he continues his meteoric rise. After scoring 13 goals and providing four assists in Ligue 1 during the 2017-2018 season, he achieved an absolutely exceptional 2018-2019 exercise, marked by 22 goals and 11 caviars. Enough to convince Arsenal to line up €80m in the summer of 2019 to wrest it from the Mastiffs.

Jonathan Ikone (Lille, 2018)

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

Bought five million euros by the Mastiffs, he no longer left the undisputed starting dressing room until the end of his adventure at Lille. Last January, after entertaining the public with Pierre-Mauroy at right back for three and a half years, he decided to bet on Fiorentina.

And also…

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

Felix Gabory RMC Sports journalist

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