Jorge Sampaoli steps down as Santos coach

Palmeiras is reportedly already in talks with former Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli, who has left his head coach post at Brazilian club Santos.

Jorge Sampaoli is linked with Arsenal and Palmeiras.   -  Getty Images

Jorge Sampaoli has stepped down as head coach of Santos, the Brazilian club have confirmed.

Santos said in a statement that Sampaoli, whose contract was due to expire at the end of 2020, tendered his resignation at a meeting on Monday.

The former Argentina and Sevilla boss took charge last December and secured a second-place finish in the 2019 Brasileirao, 16 points behind champion Flamengo.

The 59-year-old has been speculatively linked with the vacant head coach position at Arsenal but reports in Brazil say he has already entered talks with Palmeiras, which finished third in the table.

Racing is also said to be interested in Sampaoli, who won the Copa America with Chile in 2015.

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