Sven-Goran Eriksson, who is expected to be sacked as Manchester City manager at the end of the season, has been approached about a possible return to former club Benfica.
With the Swede’s days at City reportedly numbered, the possibility of Eriksson returning to the club has emerged.
A delegation from Benfica including president Luis Felipe Vieira and captain Rui Costa, the club’s future sporting director, were filmed in a hotel in Manchester where the former England boss had also reportedly been.
Benfica spokesman Ricardo Maia told PA Sport: “We will not comment on any suggestions of a future Benfica coach now.
“Whether someone is or is not in Manchester to try to persuade Eriksson, we have nothing to say about it.”
However, Eriksson was more forthcoming, confirming that he had met with officials from Benfica.
“I’ve had a meeting with the Benfica people,” he revealed.
“I’m considering an offer and it will be a step forward in my career. Let’s see what happens.”
Eriksson has been linked with Benfica since Antonio Camacho quit after declaring himself ‘unable to motivate the squad’.
Benfica are fourth in the SuperLiga, three points behind local rivals Sporting Lisbon, and in danger of missing out on a Champions League spot.
Meanwhile, Luiz Felipe Scolari’s spokesman has denied the Portugal coach has received an offer from City to replace Eriksson.
Acaz Fellegger told Portuguese newspaper Record Scolari will not make any decision on his future until after the tournament in Austria and Switzerland.
“Nobody has contacted Luiz Felipe Scolari,’ Fellegger said.
“Just as has happened in the last two major international tournaments (Euro 2004 and 2006 World Cup), Scolari alone will decide his future after Euro 2008.
“Any club who has any interest in Scolari is completely free to contact the coach.
“But the truth is that there has been no approach and Scolari has repeatedly stated that his future will only be decided after the Euro tournament.'”