Sevilla, AFA reach deal for Sampaoli

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Sevilla has almost reached an agreement with the Argentine soccer federation to let Jorge Sampaoli coach his country's national team.

"All parties are satisfied with the agreement".

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.

Jorge Sampaoli has described his appointment as a dream job, and it means he will finally have the opportunity to coach his country.

"That initial agreement is pending on the drafting and presentation of the necessary documents that must be signed by the parties on Thursday, June 1".

Sevilla president Jose Castro reiterated on Thursday that his club would not accept a reduction in the release clause.

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AFA representatives have agreed to the rescission clause in SAMPAOLI'S contract, which local media reported to be 1.5 million euros (US $1.68 million).

Argentina are ready to turn to Sampaoli in a bid to save their chances of qualifying for Russian Federation 2018, after parting company with Edgardo Bauza in April.

Argentina, fifth in their South American qualifying group for the World Cup, resume their qualifying campaign at Uruguay on August 31.

Sampaoli joined Sevilla before the start of this season and guided them to a fourth-place finish in Spain's top flight, but the closing weeks of their campaign were dominated by speculation linking him with the national team post in his homeland after Edgardo Bauza was sacked.

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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