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Lille OSC - New Owner & Marcelo Bielsa

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Come the 2017-2018 season Marcelo Bielsa will take over Lille for the season, it seems the owners are ready for his tricks with a one year contract xD


Lille have not only brought in Bielsa, but additions to their Sporting Director and General Manager:


But Lille hope all of that will change this summer. Lopez has big money and, just as importantly, good contacts. He has brought in two top executives to help him sign players.

First, Luis Campos, Lille’s new sporting director. Campos was technical director of Monaco from 2013 to 2016, joining having been a scout for Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid beforehand. Campos is close to Jorge Mendes and at Monaco he used that relationship, as well as Dmitry Rybolovlev’s money, to help to bring Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez and Bernardo Silva to the club.

Campos is not just a Mendes associate, though, he is a very highly rated scout who also helped to recruit the young generation of French players, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy, who have been just as impressive. He was just about to get a job at Marseille before Lopez called with a better salary offer. His job is to do what he did at Monaco, finding cheap players who will become expensive, a project in the model of FC Porto.

Even more important than Campos is the new general manager of the club, Marc Ingla. He is a former business partner of Lopez from Mangrove Capital, Lopez’s old venture capital firm. What Ingla is most famous for is his work at FC Barcelona, where he was vice-chairman from 2003 to 2008, overseeing the deals with Nike and Unicef. Ingla worked closely alongside Ferran Sorriano and Txiki Begiristain, who appointed Pep Guardiola as coach in 2008, with historic results.

In 2010 Ingla stood for the presidency of Barcelona, as the pro-Guardiola pro-Johan Cruyff candidate. He was well beaten by Sandro Rosell but he is still close to Guardiola and his brother Pere, an influential agent.

Between Campos and Ingla, Lille now have two of the best-connected football executives in Europe, exactly the right people to put Lopez’s money to good use this summer. They are going to go hard in the transfer market. One of their first targets is William Carvalho, the Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder who has just signed a deal with Pere Guardiola. If Lopez can match Carvalho’s salary demands it would be a good start.


Does this look like it could be a shake up to French football and now more competition for a league that's been dominated by oil clubs in PSG and this season Monaco?

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4 hours ago, Stan said:

Can you shed any light on what he is like :)?


As far as defensive-midfield options go, Newcastle had a £35 million offer accepted by Lille for Boubakary Soumare in January, only for the midfielder to reject the move. While sources subsequently indicated Newcastle were unlikely to make another run at the 21-year-old Frenchman this summer, that could change post-takeover.

What is interesting about Soumare is that he is not so much a midfield destroyer and more of a deep-ball progressor. His body feints and ball-protection abilities are reminiscent of those displayed by Mousa Dembele, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur. If Newcastle keep playing from deep, Soumare could be the perfect player to sit at the base of their midfield, which is exactly why Bruce wanted him in the winter window.


Lille’s Boubakary Soumare is another player with potential. The 21-year-old must develop into more of a ball-winner but is far better at retaining possession than, say fellow Ligue 1 midfielder Ibrahim Sangare of Toulouse — a player linked with Everton but over whom doubts remain because of perceived technical shortcomings. Soumare is also a very good mover with the ball, completing a very high number of his dribbles.

The Lille man could easily cost twice as much as Sangare but given his age and potential, this may still be a wise investment.


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I like the sound of Soumare but I think our next midfielder has to be able to be effective in defensive midfield as well. We miss Ndidi a lot when he's not there. Mendy just doesn't do it for me and Choudhury's not quite got my trust yet.

Saying that we could do with another playmaker type. Tielemans has been totally overplayed this season. I'm worried he'll get injured soon.

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