Arsenal are reportedly set to follow up their interest in Sevilla manager, Jorge Sampaoli after discovering he’s stalling on signing a new contract.
The Argentine has made a name for himself in recent years, having achieved much success with the running of the Chilean national team.
Since moving to La Liga last year, Sampaoli has already shot them up the table and look set to land another Champions League position ahead of Athletico Madrid.
But despite his impressive reign at Sevilla, the 56-year-old is still unsure as to whether this is where his long-term future lies, according to his recent comments.
Sampaoli will lead Sevilla out to their Champions League knockout stage game against Leicester this evening, but one statement took the headlines when talking pre-match:
We appreciate that they are trying to renew our contracts but to do that while we are in the present is very difficult.
Sampaoli stands as one of the strongest candidates to land Arsene Wenger’s job should he call his time at the Gunners, with several factors making him a perfect fit.
Not only does his relationship with Alexis Sanchez help, the way he manages a football club is far more ruthless, something the fans have been screaming out for.
Given his back-to-back succession in the Copa America with Chile, it’s no surprise Chelsea put him on their shortlist before choosing Antonio Conte as their successor.
But with the pathway clear for Arsenal to go out and land a top manager, now could be the time to convince Sampaoli that the Premier League has the most to offer.
With our big title rivals all comfortable with their managers at the moment, this could be a chance to get someone like Sampaoli with very little competition, and the Arsenal board need to realise that.
Arsene Wenger has already mentioned that he will decide his future during March or April, something that has not gone down well with the majority of supporters.
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