Rio de Janeiro, April 8: The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has approached Pep Guardiola with a view to signing the Catalan as coach of the country’s national team after this year’s World Cup, according to press reports.
The CBF has been in talks with Guardiola’s brother and manager, Pere, to discuss a proposed four-year deal reportedly worth 12 million euros a year after tax, according to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte.
He added that the new president of the CBF, Ednaldo Rodrigues, has prioritized the entity’s search for Guardiola since his appointment in March, reports Xinhua. The CBF’s interest in signing Guardiola has long been known and the Manchester City manager has previously deflected speculation about a possible move to South America by saying the job should be filled by a Brazilian.
Current Brazil coach Tite confirmed in February that he would step down after this year’s World Cup, which will be played in Qatar from November 21-December 18.
Guardiola’s contract with Manchester City expires in June 2023.
Tite has helped Brazil qualify for two World Cups, including this year’s tournament, to be played from November 21 to December 18, and guided them to the 2019 Copa América title as hosts.
A former midfielder whose playing days were cut short by knee injuries, Tite has enjoyed a trophy-laden managerial career spanning more than three decades.
His most successful spell came in the early to mid-2010s, when he led Corinthians to two Brazilian Serie A titles, a Copa Libertadores win and a FIFA Club World Cup crown.