Report: Chelsea's Boehly already in talks with sporting director candidate ahead of 'aggressive' January transfer plan

Chelsea co-owner and chairman Todd Boehly has already had talks with the club’s top candidate for the sporting director role, Luis Campos, according to The Times.

The Blues invested heavily in their squad in the summer, reportedly spending a club-record £261million, and brought in the likes of Wesley Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Raheem Sterling.

Throughout the summer, Boehly had to play an interim sporting director role and cooperated with former manager Thomas Tuchel in drawing up a list of potential targets.

It is easy to see why the club’s decision to sack Tuchel and appoint Graham potter as the new manager came as a surprise to many.

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There have been rumours of frictions between Tuchel and Chelsea’s new ownership group regarding transfer decisions, including Hakim Ziyech’s reported collapsed return to Ajax.

The Times claims that Chelsea owners remain unhappy with the current squad’s performance and structure and plan to invest “aggressively” again in January.

This time, however, they have reportedly decided that they need the help of a sporting director.

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Boehly in talks with Campos over Chelsea sporting director role

The plan to appoint a sporting director was even a part of the discussions between Chelsea and new manager Potter on Wednesday, The Times adds.

Potter is said to have outlined the importance of such a role.

As a result, Boehly is now pushing to hire a sporting director before the January transfer window, and one of the top names on the club shortlist is Paris Saint-Germain football advisor, Campos.

Campos joined PSG in June, having previously made his reputation at AS Monaco and Lille.

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In those couple of months, he helped completely transformed the club’s transfer policies, from chasing superstars to investing in younger talents.

This might have impressed the Chelsea ownership group with The Times claiming that Boehly has already opened talks with the 58-year-old.

While his leaving PSG after just several months seems unlikely, Campos is arguably someone who would Chelsea ownership’s vision.

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