Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli has put Premier League clubs on red alert after admitting: “I hope I get the chance to go to England.”
Sampaoli says he wants to join ‘some of the best coaches in the world’ in the English top flight having been linked with the Arsenal job.
Arsene Wenger is under huge pressure at the Emirates with the Gunners’ top-four hopes hanging by a thread following their 3-0 humbling at the hands of Crystal Palace on Monday evening.
And Sampaoli has close links to Alexis Sanchez having coached Chile to the Copa America title in 2015.
He told The Sun: “I hope I get the chance to bring my experience and my ideas to England where some of the best coaches have already brought their own philosophy. I want to compete with them.”
The Argentine revealed he had long talks with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to take over at Stamford Bridge, but the Russian oligarch opted to appoint Antonio Conte instead.
Sampaoli has Sevilla fighting with Atletico Madrid for third spot behind Clasico rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, but sees the Premier League as more competitive.
He continued: “I am grateful to Sevilla. But La Liga has three teams that are way above the rest. You’re born with the desire to win and in the teams of, say, the second level of La Liga this is extremely difficult.
“Because of their limited financial power. It’s so tough when you face reality. We have so far had the best season in the history of the club and it’s not enough.”