BARCELONA won the race to sign 16-year-old Irishman Louie Barry of West Brom after snubbing PSG.
The Baggies offered the young man a professional contract, but the much sought-after striker transformed them – and the French champions – into a team to join the Catalan giants.
3 Louie Barry, 16, signed for Barcelona after snubbing West Brom and PSGCredit: Social Media / FC Barcelona
PSG was excited to sign the young man and offered him a gigantic £ 2.7m deal and the striker even had a doctor in France.
But having turned the training ground of the Liga champions, Barry opted for Barcelona, where icons like Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta honed their skills.
After confirming the move, the Nou Camp club tweeted to announce the news and congratulate the young man.
The post read: "Louie Barry joins Barca.
"The 16-year-old English striker comes from West Bromwich Albion and will play in the A Youth Team".
Barry joined West Brom at the age of six and was expected to come up to the first team.
He recorded four goals and three assists for his Under-18s last season and also gave the U23 a run.
But after having shone for the Baggies and the England at youth level, European scouts everywhere started to sit up and take notice.
Barry scored ten goals in five games for the U19s during a tournament in Italy last year and also won seven out of nine during his time with the U16 of the Three Lions.
Despite the enormous potential shown by the 16-year-old, West Brom will receive a paltry commission of around £ 235,000 for the attacker.
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Baggies' technical director, Luke Dowling, was frustrated by the FIFA regulations that allowed Barry to move.
He said: "Because of the rules that apply to these young boys crossing the border, sometimes they can be guided for the wrong reasons in my opinion."
Barry represented both the England and the Republic of Ireland at youth level and could face a dilemma similar to that faced by Declan Rice if he has to choose who to represent at senior level.
3 Barcelona confirmed the transfer to their Twitter after signing the young Credit: Social Media / FC Barcelona
3 Barry represented England and Ireland at youth level Credit: https://www.wba.co.uk/