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Louie Barry declines PSG for Barcelona, but WBA 'fuming'

11 July 2019

Barcelona have fended off reported interest from other European heavyweights to sign England youth worldwide Louie Barry, with the Ligue 1 champions rumoured to be eyeing the 16-year old, along with several Premier League clubs.

He was given a chance to impress in Barca's La Masia academy - equivalent to the U18 football while he was playing at West Brom.

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Camp Nou giants Braca confirmed that Barry, who celebrated his birthday in June, had put pen to paper after passing a medical.

"[Barry] is an global with the English Under-16 team, for whom he has played nine games and scored seven goals", Barcelona said in a statement.

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Barry had been with the Baggies since the age of six and was tipped to make the breakthrough for the Championship side.

They offered him a one-year scholarship followed by a two-year professional deal with the promise of fast-tracking him to the first team, but he reluctantly turned the proposal down.

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Given that his previous contract had expired, he arrives on a free transfer and Barcelona will only have to pay training compensation.

Louie Barry declines PSG for Barcelona, but WBA 'fuming'