Michael Laudrup in mix for vacant Mexico job - source

Danish legend Michael Laudrup is in the mix to become Mexico's next head coach, a source tells ESPN FC.

The 51-year-old former Barcelona and Real Madrid player is believed to be keen on the position, and Mexico's football federation (FMF) is carefully considering his credentials, according to a source in Europe with knowledge of the situation.

Widely regarded as the best Danish player of all time and a key figure in Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team" at Barcelona, Laudrup has never coached in Mexico, but speaks fluent Spanish and prefers a possession-based, attacking style in line with how El Tri's successful youth teams play.

Laudrup has previously managed Getafe and Mallorca in La Liga and Swansea in the Premier League. There was talk in 2013 about him becoming Barcelona manager, before Gerardo "Tata" Martino got the job. He has also previously been linked with Real Madrid.

Since leaving Swansea, Laudrup led Lekhwiya to the Qatari league title, but failed to agree a contract extension earlier this summer. He has previously stated he would like to coach in the Americas.

Mexico's search for a new coach started with reports that Argentine Marcelo Bielsa was the No. 1 target, but he denied he had any interest in the position.

Jorge Sampaoli's name has also been heavily linked, although reports from Chile suggest he won't be leaving that country's national team, despite the interest from Mexico.

Of the domestic Liga MX managers, Victor Manuel Vucetich has ruled himself out, as has Santos Laguna's Pedro Caixinha, while Tigres' Ricardo "Tuca" Ferretti has said very little of note as to whether he would accept.

Chiapas' Ricardo La Volpe has indicated El Tri would entice him, with ESPN's John Sutcliffe confirming that the 2006 World Cup coach has a realistic shot at returning to the national team.

The Mexican federation has so far said nothing about how negotiations with any coach are going, but Laudrup's name appears to be an attractive option. And he is willing and available.