Argentina approach Bauza to be new boss

Sao Paulo have confirmed their manager, 58, has been invited to discuss the role vacated by Gerardo Martino earlier this month by the national team's football association (AFA)

Argentina have made an approach for Sao Paulo coach Edgardo Bauza to be their next boss, the Brazilian club have confirmed.

Bauza, 58, featured three times for the Argentina national team during his playing career, while he coached mostly in his homeland before joining Sao Paulo in December 2015.

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) is searching for a new head coach following the resignation of Gerardo Martino in July.

Sao Paulo confirmed the approach on Thursday, revealing in a statement: "The coach of Sao Paulo, Edgardo Bauza, received on the afternoon of Thursday an invitation to meet with leaders of the Argentine Football Association [AFA].

"Paton [Bauza] is one of the candidates to coach the selection of their country."

Sao Paulo say they expect Bauza to continue in his role as scheduled, with his team facing Paulista in the cup on Saturday.

Bauza won league titles with Sporting Cristal in Peru and LDU Quito in Ecuador, while also winning the Copa Libertadores with the latter.

He also lifted the Copa Libertadores with San Lorenzo in 2014.

The AFA has been heavily criticised since La Albiceleste lost in the Copa America final against Chile on penalties this summer, with the national team thrown into turmoil following the shock retirement of star Lionel Messi after the result.