Luis Campos-Antero Henrique, an inevitable separation?

Luis Campos-Antero Henrique, an inevitable separation?

While the transfer window closed its doors this Thursday evening, the tensions at PSG between the two strong men of the sportsman, Luis Campos and Antero Henrique, are now known to all.

Paris Saint-Germain had a challenge in this summer transfer window: to sell all the players deemed “undesirable” while strengthening themselves on each line. The transfer market officially closed on Thursday evening. The results are not necessarily positive and the tensions between the two strong men of the sportsman, Luis Campos and Antero Henrique, are now known to all.

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Sales, sources of tension

If Paris Saint-Germain has managed to get rid of several players (about twenty in total), the results remain mixed internally. “Regarding the transfer window, at the start level there were some sales and a lot of loans and we knew that to buy you had to sell”: the words of Christophe Galtier this Friday at a press conference are in line with what Luis Campos thinks. Yes, many players have left but the lack of dry sales (just over 50 million recovered) is penalizing (only Arnaud Kalimuendo, Thilo Kehrer, Gana Gueye, Marcin Bulka, Alphonse Aréola and a few young people have left permanently).

Indirectly but very clearly, Antero Henrique is targeted. Privately, he replies that selling players with high salaries is not easy. Especially when they are put in a loft and it is public knowledge that Paris wants to see them leave.

The failed Milan Skriniar

Another subject of tension: the arrivals. Few, if any, first-choices have joined the club this summer. The club still spent nearly 150 million euros, not counting the almost obligatory option to buy Hugo Ekitike (35 million euros). For the rest, Marcus Rashford, Robert Lewandowski and Bernardo Silva are not there.

The non-arrival of Milan Skriniar, who had given his agreement in Paris from the first days of the transfer window, is more problematic. Once again pointed out, the former sports director of PSG (2017-2019) explains that with financial fair play, Paris could hardly meet the demands of Inter Milan, namely to pay 80 million euros for a free player in six months. The president ended up taking over in this thorny file, without more success. A failure that risks leaving traces. Especially in the relationship between Luis Campos and Antero Henrique.

The Cold War

The two Portuguese had taken care to clearly define the contours of their working relationship (Luis Campos targets potential recruits and decides who is placed on the transfer list, Henrique negotiates with the clubs). In practice, they sometimes strayed from their area of ​​action, Luis Campos not hesitating to chat with certain clubs live, when his counterpart canvassed certain players for him. This could have created tensions on both sides, so that within the club, some do not imagine the two men continuing in what looks like a two-headed sporting direction.

From a source close to PSG, Luis Campos does not hesitate to push certain employees close to Henrique towards the exit. The latter is not more worried than that. He was appointed directly to Doha and knows to whom he is accountable. Nevertheless, his position is uncomfortable, without a real ally as Campos can have with Galtier. Moreover, when planning for the winter transfer window, the coach quite easily sketched the name of Luis Campos and that of its president. Not a word for Antero Henrique.

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