Gabriel Batistuta linked with Adelaide United coaching job

Argentina legend Gabriel Batistuta has been offered the chance to coach Australian A-League club Adelaide United, according to the reports.

The 48-year-old scored 54 goals for Argentina during a prolific playing career and was the all-time leading goalscorer before Lionel Messi overtook him last year.

Batistuta is wanted as a replacement for departing Spaniard head coach Guillermo Amor, who failed to defend the league title after finishing ninth in the A-League regular stage this season.

“We can’t sit on our hands,” the club’s chief executive Grant Mayer told News Limited on Thursday.

“We’re chasing a suitable replacement after Guillermo Amor, [who] has all the respect and goes out on his own terms.

“With Batistuta an offer has been made but there is also a Plan A, B and C.”

The former Fiorentina great hitman, who lived in Australia from 2007 to 2011, has no top-level coaching experience since retired a decade ago.