West Bromwich Albion teenager Louie Barry has left the Midlands to hitch La Masia, the well-known academy of Spanish giants Barcelona.
The 16-year-old was provided a brand new contract on the Hawthorns however rejected the Baggies’ provide in favour of a swap to Catalonia. He has penned a three-year cope with La Blaugrana after starring for the Republic of Eire Below-16s, for whom he netted a brace final September in opposition to Bulgaria.
Although Barry is but to make a first-team look for West Brom, his signature was being chased by a variety of elite golf equipment throughout the continent, who had been impressed by his stellar type on the worldwide stage.
Nonetheless, Barça held off makes an attempt from rivals to land the ahead, tempting him to Spain with the promise of a spot of their youth setup, the place Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta – amongst many others – started their footballing careers.
Regardless of his sturdy showings for the Irish, Barry modified allegiances halfway by means of the 2018/19 marketing campaign, as a substitute selecting to play for his nation of beginning, England.
He has since taken half within the Below-16 Victory Protect, wanting particularity impressing for the Three Lions in a heavyweight conflict with Brazil.
He is probably not the one West Brom academy graduate to depart the membership this summer season, although, with 19-year-old Rekeem Harper additionally refusing to place pen to paper on a brand new contract as Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur look to lure midfielder away.