Jorge Sampaoli arrived in Buenos Aires this week ahead of his increasingly likely appointment as Argentina manager and with Sevilla now announcing that they have reached an agreement with the Argentine Football Association (AFA) the final hurdle has been overcome.
After just a year in Spain and leading Sevilla to a fourth-place finish in La Liga, all the speculation appears to be over and Sampaoli will be the new Argentina coach.
The AFA will pay the well-documented €1.5 million clause in installments between now and December 2018 after talks between AFA president Claudio Tapia, vice-president Daniel Angelici and their counterpart in Sevilla José Castro.
Only the signatures on the paperwork are now missing and so as expected Sampaoli will be unveiled as the Argentina manager on June 1st.
In a statement on Sevilla’s official website, the agreement was confirmed:
“Sevilla and the Argentine Football Association (AFA) have reached an agreement in principle for the release of Jorge Sampaoli in order for him to become head coach of Argentina.
“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.
“In the conversations between Sevilla and the AFA, who served as representatives of Jorge Sampaoli, the fixed amount for the termination of the coach’s contract was not discussed at any time. All parties are satisfied by the agreement that has been reached.”
Sampaoli will reportedly be taking in a number of Primera matches in Buenos Aires this week but will begin work immediately ahead of the June friendlies against Brazil and Singapore.