Jorge Sampaoli seems set to swap Sevilla for Argentina

Posted May 27, 2017

Argentina sacked Edgardo Bauza last month after eight matches as coach.

Sevilla president Pepe Castro says he will insist that the only way he will let Sampaoli out of the a year ago of his contract is the full payment of his buyout clause.

Sevilla have reached a preliminary agreement with the Argentina Football Association (AFA) to release Jorge Sampaoli from his contract, the Spanish club announced on Friday.

A statement from Sevilla read: "Sevilla and the Argentina Football Association (AFA) have reached a preliminary agreement for coach Jorge Sampaoli to separate from the Nervion club in order to become the Argentina national team coach".

Assuming everything goes to plan, Santa Fe-native Sampaoli will seal his return to worldwide management just a year after leaving his post in charge of Chile.

Sampaoli has one more season remaining on his contract.

The 57-year-old can leave Sevilla this summer, however, provided his €1.5 million release clause is paid.

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"My contract with the club contains clauses which allow me to leave", said the Argentine.

"This agreement in principle is pending the drafting and presentation of the pertinent documents, which must be signed by the parties next Thursday, June 1".

"All parties are satisfied with the agreement reached".

The two-time World Cup winners are fifth in South American qualifying with four games to play, and only the top four are assured of spots in Russian Federation.

Argentina's next outing is the MCG friendly against Brazil on June 9 with their next World Cup qualifier away to Uruguay on August 31.

The fifth-ranked side will advance to a playoff against the top nation from Oceania.