EFL ‘to aid West Brom in their dispute with Barcelona over the signing of Louie Barry’… with the Catalan giants still owing £235,000 despite the starlet having since joined Aston Villa
The EFL will support West Brom in their attempt to settle dispute with Barcelona The youngster rejected a three-year deal at the Hawthorns to move to LaLiga But Barry remained with Barcelona for just six months before joining Aston Villa Barcelona owe West Brom £235,000 for luring Barry to the La Masia academy
Sixteen-year-old Barry was lured to the La Masia academy in July 2019, and rejected a three-year contract at the Hawthorns to seal the move to LaLiga.
Despite Barry having since joined Aston Villa after his short stint in Spain, Barcelona still owe West Brom £235,000 due to FIFA’s compensation tariffs for players that move abroad, according to the Express and Star.
The EFL contacted West Brom to aid the club in their dispute with Barcelona over Louie Barry
West Brom’s Midlands rivals stumped up a fee of £880,000 to snap up the teenager, and Barry was handed his U23 debut shortly before being officially unveiled.
And although Barry has since returned to England, West Brom are still entitled to the compensation – but Barcelona have reportedly refused to engage with the second-tier outfit’s hierarchy in order to settle the bill voluntarily.