Barcelona have today confirmed the signing of West Brom youngster Louie Barry, Sky Sports report.
The 16-year-old had been offered an array of lucrative offers to leave the Hawthorns this summer – even undergoing a medical at PSG, however, Barry will now be joining the Spanish champions.
His talent at youth level is undoubted, with the England Under 16 international notching six goals in nine games for the Three Lions on top of a further seven goal involvements for West Brom in last seasons Under 18 Premier League.
Much like with the disputed case of Declan Rice, Barry has also been the subject of his dual nationality, turning out for both England and Ireland’s respective international teams, but it now seems clear that he has chosen to represent England on a permanent basis following some deliberation.
Barry will move straight into La Masia academy’s Juvenil A team – the equivalent to the Under 18 football he was playing at West Brom last year.
The Baggies, drastically aware of the player’s potential, were prepared to offer Barry a bumper contract which would’ve seen him play for the Under 23’s team but are instead left rueing FIFA’s flat rate fee rule which will see the club recoup just £235,000 from the transfer.