Argentina and Sevilla have reached agreement for Jorge Sampaoli to take over as boss of his home country.
Sampaoli, 57, guided Sevilla to a fourth-placed finish in La Liga in his only season in charge. He led them to the last 16 of the Champions League losing 3-2 on aggregate to Leicester.
“All parties are satisfied by the agreement reached,” said a Sevilla statement on Friday.
Argentina sacked Edgardo Bauza last month after eight matches as coach.
Sevilla’s statement added: “This agreement in principle is pending the drafting and presentation of the relevant documents, which must be signed by all parties by next Thursday, 1 June.”
Sampaoli a��1.5 mn Release Clause
He said on the club’s official website: “I respect the AFA but the only thing that we have on our mind is the complete clause — a��1.5m is a��1.5m.”
Sampaoli revealed last week that Argentina wanted to appoint him.A�The 57-year-old can leave Sevilla this summer, however, provided his a��1.5 million release clause is paid.
“My contract with the club contains clauses which allow me to leave,” said the Argentine. “There’s a clear desire from my country to have me as coach and I’ve had a dream of taking that chance.”
AFA president Claudio “Chiqui” Tapia confirmed on Friday that “the Sampaoli era is beginning for Argentina.”
He told reporters that a confidentiality clause prevents him from speaking about the terms agreed to regarding the coach’s release clause.
Sampaoli arrived in Argentina on Thursday and will beA�unveiled as the new Albiceleste coach on June 1.
Argentina take on Brazil in Melbourne on June 9 and they play at Singapore a week later.
Argentina, fifth in their South American qualifying group for the World Cup; resume their qualifying campaign at Uruguay on August 31. Only the top four sides will qualify directly for the tournament in Russia.