Granada, Sampaoli close to deal

Granada are close to a deal to appoint Jorge Sampaoli as the club’s new Coach on a two-year contract.

AS reports the trainer and the club have an agreement ‘in principle’ after an understanding was reached on the Argentine’s wages, but there remain some details about the sporting side to be settled.

Sampaoli stands to earn €5m-a-season from the Andalusians, and once the ideas regarding the project of which he will be part are decided, he will sign for his first posting in Europe.

The 56-year-old was latterly on the bench of the Chile national team, winning the 2015 Copa America, before stepping down earlier in 2016.

AS adds that Sampaoli’s appointment is a sign of the intent of Granada’s new owners, Chinese businessman Lizhang Jiang and adviser Pere Guardiola, who is playing a key role in rebuilding the club.

Julen Lopetegui, the former Spain Under-21 and Porto Coach, is the second choice behind Sampaoli, and will step in if the deal for the latter falls apart, and is aware of the order of preference.

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