Sabella, who led Estudiantes to the 2009 Copa Libertadores title as well as the domestic league last year, would replace Sergio Batista as the national team coach.

Batista had his contract terminated earlier this week following a disappointing Copa America campaign, where hosts Argentina were knocked out by eventual winners Uruguay at the quarter-final stage.

Argentinian Football Association (AFA) general secretary Jose Luis Meiszner said: "Sabella is the chosen one. The decision has been made."

Grondona, meanwhile, told Radio Rivadavia: "Negotiations are advanced. The Committee liked the job he has done in his coaching and assistant roles."

The 56-year-old Sabella, who had been set to take over at United Arab Emirates team Al Jazira this summer, already has experience with the Argentina national team having been an assistant to former Albiceleste coach Daniel Passarella.

As a player, Sabella represented the likes of Argentina, River Plate and Estudiantes, as well as English clubs Sheffield United and Leeds.