Los Blancos are looking to bring in a man who previously held a scout role for them at Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid are in the process of closing a deal that will add highly regarded sporting director Luis Campos to their ranks, with Goal learning that further talks are scheduled for next week.
Los Blancos are reshaping themselves following a first trophy-less campaign since Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure in 2009-10.
There are plenty of changes being envisioned on and off the pitch in the Spanish capital, with Zinedine Zidane having already stepped down as head coach with one year left to fulfill his contract.
How close is an agreement for Campos?
Sources revealed to Goal that talks with Campos, who once served as a scout and tactical analyst for the La Liga giants under Jose Mourinho, have been going on for at least two months.
Both sides of the talks were keen to ensure that future planning did not distract efforts on the ground.
Campos and his representatives have the utmost respect for Zidane and wanted Madrid to focus fully on tenders for major silverware.
It proved elusive, leading the legendary French manager to step aside and open one of the most demanding roles in world football.
An attempt to get Campos on board can now be stepped up, with the Portuguese having close ties to Los Blancos president Florentino Perez and general manager Jose Angel Sanchez for more than a decade.
Why do Real want Campos?
The 56-year-old, who last served as Lille’s Ligue 1 football manager, has been made aware of long-term future plans for Madrid.
His success in France, with his last employers reveling in the unexpected glory of the title this season, has been noted by those in Spain.
It is also impossible to ignore that he played a leading role in Monaco’s success by winning a national crown and reaching the Champions League semi-finals in 2017.
He has remained close to Kylian Mbappe since leaving a post at Stade Louis II, with the relationship clearly attracting Los Blancos.
The World Cup-winning striker, who is now at Paris Saint-Germain, remains a top transfer target for Los Blancos.
Any advantage they can gain in the pursuit of the 22-year-old, who is approaching the final year of his current contract at Parc des Princes, will be adopted in Madrid.