Coach who led Chile to Copa America success in 2015, tempted by fresh challenge.
Jorge Sampaoli has agreed a deal to become Flamengo’s new manager in 2016, provided Wallim Vasconcellos wins the Brazilian club’s presidential elections next week.
Sampaoli led Chile to their first ever victory in the Copa America this summer and his achievement has been recognised by him being included on the three-man shortlist for Fifa World Coach of the Year alongside Luis Enrique and Pep Guardiola.
The 55-year-old has also been linked with a move to Valencia after Nuno Espirito Santo resigned as coach on Sunday, but his agent has revealed that he has accepted an offer to coach the Brazilian club.
“He has received other proposals. But knows the strength and greatness of Flamengo, having a challenging proposition that motivates rather professional level, even mentioned the strength of the red-black crowd,” Sampaoli’s representative, Gelson Baresi, told Globoesporte.
“I have to wait for the elections, because we do not know who will be president. What I can say is that this is not a political move.”