This transcript of a meeting is not from tape recordings made by our undercover reporter – because we totally made it up.
Let’s call the manager Mr Yellow. Let’s call the agent Mr Pink. Let’s call the player Carlos Kickabout.
Mr Pink: Wanna buy Carlos Kickabout?
Mr Yellow: Don’t be stupid. He’s happy at Real Acrobatico… Isn’t he?
Mr Pink: He’s happy at Real Acrobatico, alright. But he’d be happier sitting on the bench here (keeping one of our talented home-grown youngsters out of the first-team squad), if you paid him an extra £5billon a week.
Mr Yellow: Ooh… sounds expensive. Won’t that put a huge unnecessary financial burden on the club – when, for a much smaller short-term investment we could bring on one of the Academy lads?
Mr Pink: Yeah, suppose so.
Mr Yellow: Plus, surely bringing in distinctly average foreign players simply dilutes our own home-grown talent, leaving the entire league and national team structure short of decent English players?
Mr Pink: You’re right.
Mr Yellow: And, surely, only if managers nurture home-grown talent into their first-team squads now and clubs help financially to seed grass roots football can we ever hope to have a crop of players who are likely to win a major tournament?
Mr Pink: Like the French did so successfully in the 90s?
Mr Yellow: Yep.
Mr Pink: But if we don’t sign Carlos Kickabout, we wouldn’t each get our 50grand ‘arrangement’ fee. Isn’t your wife’s 60th birthday coming up? Won’t pay for itself…
Mr Yellow: Where do I sign?
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