Sweden's assistant manager, Roland Andersson, says Sven-Goran Eriksson has contacted him about being his number two at Manchester City.
Andersson enjoyed a successful playing career
Eriksson, 59, is considering an offer to take over as City boss as part of the prospective takeover of the club by Thaksin Shinawatra.
"I am flattered but, to really consider it, he has to have the position of manager first," said Andersson, 57.
"If he is not the manager, there is nothing to discuss."
Andersson has been the assistant manager of Sweden since 2004 and his deal expires next year.
He won 19 caps for the national team during his career as a player and was a member of his country's 1978 World Cup squad.
He won the Swedish league title four times and the Swedish Cup three times with Malmo.
And he was part of the Malmo side which reached the European Cup final in 1979 when his side lost to Nottingham Forest.
"I have a fantastic job as Sweden's assistant coach," added Andersson, who says he has known Eriksson and his former England assistant, Tord Grip, for "many years".
"I have informed Sweden coach Lars Lagerback and the people at the FA that I have had this conversation with Sven.
"But, as long as there is no concrete offer to take into consideration, there is nothing to discuss."