Sources: Mexico met with Jorge Sampaoli about coaching job

A Mexican soccer official met with the Argentine manager about the vacant head coaching job, sources tell Goal Mexico.

Mexico's national team manager search continues, and the search has taken directors to Argentina.

That's where Guillermo Cantu, who took over for Hector Gonzalez Inarritu as the director of national teams earlier this month, traveled to meet with Jorge Sampaoli, sources tell Goal Mexico. 

The Argentine manager, fresh off leading Chile to the 2015 Copa America title, could be open to taking Miguel Herrera's place after the Mexican manager was fired for a confrontation with a commentator just hours after the team won the Gold Cup final.

Sources also report that Marcelo Bielsa, who was still Marseille manager at the time Herrera was removed from his post but abruptly quit his job after the team's season opener, was the Mexican federation's primary target but is unlikely to come to an agreement to direct the team.

Sampaoli, 55, still has a contract with Chile, but Mexico would be willing to pay his buy-out clause. That figure is reportedly in the neighborhood of $2 million and would include the salary of the manager and his coaching staff for the year. That likely would mean Sampaoli would assemble a different staff were he to lead El Tri.

Mexico faces the United States on Oct. 10 in a playoff to represent CONCACAF at the 2017 Confederations Cup.