Sampaoli ‘one foot in Argentina’

Jorge Sampaoli will be offered the job of Argentina Coach and the Sevilla boss is expected to accept, it’s claimed.

Marca reports Sampaoli is the No.1 target of the Argentine Football Association [AFA] after the departure of Edgardo Bauza was confirmed on Monday night.

AFA representatives are to travel to Spain to speak with Sampaoli after asking members of the national team who they would like to see on the bench.

Former Chile trainer Sampaoli received backing from the players and the decision-makers at the AFA are in favour as well and it would take €1.5m plus tax to buy him out of his contract at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, with the fee rising from July.

Sampaoli has a year left on his deal with the Andalusians and wants to leave on good terms, and the length of his contract with the South Americans also needs to be settled as he wants a deal to after World Cup 2022, while the AFA are offering a deal to after World Cup 2018.

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