Chiqui Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), has tonight confirmed that an attempt was made to have Pep Guardiola take over as coach of the Argentina national team.
Early in July, reports emerged that the AFA were offering Guardiola $12million-a-year until 2022 to leave Manchester City and coach the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero as Argentina boss.
The idea always seemed unrealistic and speaking to TyC Sport on Tuesday, Tapia confirmed contact had been made, but realised they wouldn’t be able to finance his wages even had he wanted the job.
“We tried to hire Guardiola, but it’s very difficult … you have to have a fat wallet,” Tapia said during the Libero program.
“We’d have to mortgage the AFA to pay for him… and even that might not have been enough. We knew he was expensive, but we did not think so much.
“The only one we asked about was Guardiola, we’re probably going to talk to (Diego) Simeone, (Marcelo) Gallardo, (Mauricio) Pochettino and others.”
More than likely City were never concerned about an approach for Guardiola, who is under contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2021 – and Argentina’s attempts to lure him away ended in failure.
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