Sevilla agree to let Sampaoli take over as Argentina coach

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Sampaoli said last week he could not "turn down" again the opportunity to coach his native Argentina.

Jorge Sampaoli moved a step closer to taking over the vacant position as Argentina coach on Friday as the Argentine Football Association (AFA) reached a deal with his club side Sevilla.

The Andalusian club, however, refused to allow the 57-year-old to leave unless the Argentine FA made a £1.3m payment to trigger his release clause at La Bombonera.

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The La Liga club has almost reached an agreement with the Argentine football federation to let Sampaoli leave.

This principle of agreement is pending of the drafting and presentation of the pertinent documents.

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"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 with the agreement".

Sampaoli arrived in Argentina on Thursday and will reportedly be unveiled as the new Albiceleste coach on June 1.

Argentina fired predecessor Edgardo Bauza in April.

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 will now hope to have Sampaoli in place before the upcoming friendlies against Brazil and Singapore in June. Only the top four sides will qualify directly for the tournament in Russian Federation.