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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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