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.
Speculation has been rumbling on for weeks that Emery is in line to replace PSG coach Laurent Blanc, despite the Frenchman guiding the club to second successive domestic treble in 2015-16.
In a statement on Sunday, Sevilla confirmed that Emery had informed them of his desire to leave.
"Sevilla FC has received a formal communication from the lawyers of Unai Emery in which it is informed of the intention of Emery proceeding in the course of next week, to unilaterally terminate the employment relationship with Sevilla FC because of his willingness to not continue to exercise the role of coach the first team in the 2016-2017 season," the statement read.
"Once confirmed by the Basque coach his irrevocable decision to terminate his contract with Sevilla FC, the club has made contact to replace the loss of the Hondarribian.
"In this regard it is expected Jorge Sampaoli, former Chile coach, to arrive in Seville tomorrow for talks with the club."