Chapter 3- The Grease-Man
It was sweltering in the office. Heck, It was always sweltering in the office. It was a terrible place to be during the summer. The heat took a toll on all of us, and usually the employees and I were in a miserable mood. But today was different for me. I had a task to complete. I had to make our team a better team before our Champions League best placed game against Lyon, the former club of the new signing, Maxime Gonalons. Well we obviously didn't have any money. Jokin wouldn't give us the funds we needed to buy players, so there were 2 options. The free market and the loan market. Unfortunately, the players for free were less than adequate.
Jose, get me a report on the players available for loan.
Jose has the report already, and he's walking toward me with a very slim file. Maybe this team can't be improved after all. The team, despite winning against Celta Vigo yesterday, lacks depth. What we need is a super sub. Somebody who can make an impact, and we need a 3rd defender. If we get 2 players like that, the team as a whole will improve lots. There will be more pressure to play well, and more pressure for the subs to improve. Those signings would create friendly competition, which I promote.
Who have we got here Jose?
We have some talented players here. I know you want a super sub. Enzo Perez fits the bill perfectly. He has good dribbling, passing, and even a little bit of pace. The market for Center Backs is pretty lackluster, but I found 1 center back that looks good enough to be 3rd choice. Dedryck Boyata. This lad is your typical defender, good tackling and heading, bad everything else. However, he would fit into the team.
Alright, thanks Jose. Can you get Jorge Jesus on the phone please?
Jorge Jesus is the manager of Benfica, the title contenders in the Portuguese League. One of his players just happens to be Enzo Perez, a player I am keen on bringing in. Even before Jose gave me his report on the lad, he was one of my targets. Why? His skill on the ball is excellent. I knew that he could inspire this team with his change of pace and use of moves. I also knew that I could pick him up on the cheap. But now, he seemed like the perfect loan option.
Hello Jorge, it's Roberto DI Matteo.
Hello Roberto, what's going on?
Enzo Perez? Loan?
Alright Roberto, he's not a starter. I can loan him to you for a year. Pay 50% of salary and let's see, maybe 18k a month and we'll send him to you.
Great, let me go talk to him for a minute. See If he'll agree to the move. I'll call you back in a second.
I waited for just about 5 minutes, until the reply finally came through.