Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly being targeted by the Argentine Football Association (AFA) to take over from Jorge Sampaoli.
According to Spanish publication Sport, the South Americans are looking into the possibility of offering the former FC Barcelona boss a massive contract in the coming months.
Before the AFA can sit down with Guardiola, they need to resolve the situation with Sampaoli, who is still under contract. The former Sevilla manager will have to be paid a large sum of money should he be sacked, something the federation would like to avoid.
La Albiceleste were hoping the 58-year-old would quit following the team's dismal performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Instead, he is seemingly standing firm.
The AFA is aware, though, that should Sampaoli eventually leave his post, they will have a significant obstacle standing in their way should they want Guardiola to succeed him – the Spaniard's contract with the Citizens only expires in 2021.
Should the 47-year-old take the Argentina job, he will have the opportunity to reunite with Lionel Messi and continue working with Sergio Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi.
It has also been suggested that Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone, current Peru coach Ricardo Gareca and River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo are other potential candidates to replace Sampaoli.
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