Pep Guardiola hasn’t traditionally stayed in one spot for very long during his successful career as a manager, but would he ever consider a national team job?
Argentina is preparing to throw everything at the Spaniard in an attempt of reforming the South American federation, which is still in the midst of recovering from a disappointing World Cup result.
The Albiceleste exited the competition in the Round of 16 to eventual champions France, and for that reason, the federation was forced to fire Jorge Sampaoli — who lost control of the team during the tournament.
AFA president Claudio Tapia has since stated that he was willing to pay the big bucks to get a proven commodity like Guardiola, however, it was unsuccessful.
“You have to have a fat wallet,” he told TyC Sports. “It was impossible. At the time we made enquiries, but you need to have a big economic backup.
“It is very difficult. We would have needed to mortgage the whole [of the AFA] to pay for him, and even that might not have been enough.
“We were prepared to make an effort. We analysed it, we knew he was expensive, but we did not think so much. But yeah, we made some research, we tried to talk but it stayed there.”
Guardiola has been one of several big name club managers linked to Argentina, but the Manchester City boss appears to be quite content with the Citizens.
Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone continue to be linked to Argentina as well, but neither manager has expressed interest publicly over turning to the national team scene.Follow @MattReedFutbol