Sevilla set to replace Emery with Sampaoli

Following weeks of speculation, the Europa League winning coach is to leave the club, who are now in talks with the Argentine ex-Chile boss, it has been confirmed

Sevilla have confirmed they are in negotiations to appoint Jorge Sampaoli as their new head coach, after Unai Emery announced his intention to leave amid strong links with the Paris-Saint Germain job.

The ex-Valencia boss found great success during his time in Andalucia, taking Sevilla to an unprecedented three consecutive Europa League titles. 

But the club have announced he will not be staying on for 2016-17, as rumours he will replace Laurent Blanc grow. 

"Sevilla FC have received official notice from Unai Emery's lawyers that his intention is to proceed the unilateral termination of his contract with Sevilla FC," the club's statement reads. 

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"This is due to his desire to no longer work as the first-team coach for the 2016-17 season.

"Once confirmed by the Basque coach his irrevocable decision to terminate his contract with Sevilla FC, the club made contact to replace the loss of the Hondarribian.

"In this regard it is expected Jorge Sampaoli, the former Chile coach, will arrive in Seville tomorrow [Monday] for talks with the club."

The Argentine took the Roja to a first-ever major title with the Copa America crown in 2015. 

He also enjoyed a wildly successful spell in Santiago with Universidad de Chile, where he lifted the Copa Sudamericana and three national championships during a three-year spell at the club.