Chelsea have identified Luis Campos as a possible replacement for Sporting Director, Michael Emenalo.
The Blues have held talks with Campos’ agent as they target the Lille’s sporting director to replace Emenalo.
Emenalo left the club in November, joining Monaco as their sporting director just three weeks later.
Chelsea held talks with Campos’ representative in February and view the 53-year-old as a leading candidate for their vacant technical director role.
Campos worked under Jose Mourinho as a technical scout at Real Madrid.
The Portuguese was also Monaco’s technical director, playing a key role in bringing Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva, Thomas Lemar, Fabinho, and Tiemoue Bakayoko to the club.
Campos had told Yahoo last year that Premier League sides had a problem with recruiting world-class defenders.
He said, “I think most English clubs do not know how to recruit for an issue that I almost think is cultural as almost everyone makes the same mistake.
“English clubs really, really like top attacking players, yet to a large extent make them play alongside medium-quality defences.
“And that, in my opinion, explains their relative lack of success in European competitions despite them spending exorbitant sums in recent years.
Successfully building a good team project always involves the ability of players to relate and ‘match’ to each other.
“In the Premier League there is a big difference between great talents, and the medium quality of support for the same offensive talent. Most teams lack great defenders, and defensive midfielders.”