West Brom’s 15-year-old striker Louie Barry is on the radar of Spanish giants Barcelona, according to the Birmingham Mail, relayed in an article by The Boot Room.
The Albion striker has featured for the Baggies’ Under-18 side last season, netting four goals and providing three assists in a breakout year at youth level.
Barry has also been prolific for his national side, scoring six times in nine England U16 appearances.
Such performances have seemingly altered Barcelona, known worldwide for their production of young players through the infamous La Masia academy system.
Should Barry leave the West Midlands, he would become the second English teenager in recent years to make the switch to the La Liga champions, after Arsenal’s Marcus McGuane joined Barca B in January 2018.
The move would also be the latest in a series of young English players venturing abroad in search of further development, with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Reiss Nelson and Chris Willock all excelling across Europe.
Barry will be eligible to make the switch next month when he turns 16, but the Sutton Coldfield native will no doubt feel a debt to Albion, whom he has played for since the age of six.
It is on international duty where Barry has really shone, scooping the Golden Boot award for England U16s in the Val-De-Marne youth competition last year.
Barry was also involved in West Brom’s recent FA Youth Cup semi-final defeat to Man City, making a late sub appearance as his side lost 4-2.
The teenager is the latest exciting talent to emerge from West Brom’s academy in recent years, with the likes of Rekeem Harper, Rayhaan Tulloch and Morgan Rogers all featuring for the clubs senior side this season.