Former Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli, currently in charge of Brazilian club Santos, could be set for a return to Spanish football.
It is said by Goal in Brazil that Sampaoli – who left Sevilla in the summer of 2017 to be appointed as manager of the Argentina national team – has received an offer of €3m per year from an unnamed club in La Liga.
So likely is the move likely to go through, adds the report, that Sampaoli is even “setting the stage” for his departure from Santos as he prepares for a return to Europe.
Sampaoli’s contract at the Brazilian club runs through for another year and he has been in the dugout at Santos for 53 matches, notching up 28 victories, along with 12 draws and 13 defeats.
It is said by the report that the team most likely to move for Sampaoli is Real Betis – city rivals of Sevilla – with Celta de Vigo said to be another possible outcome, although much less likely due to their inferior financial position.
Sampaoli impressed during his short stint with Los Rojiblancos, whom he kept in a title race until March before form later fell away and they eventually finished fourth.
Both Rubi and Fran Escriba – the current Coaches of Real Betis and Celta Vigo respectively – are said to be under pressure going into the midweek fixtures, which ironically pits the two clubs together.