‘Seduced’ Barcelona have made this West Brom transfer claim
A board member at Barcelona has claimed that the Spanish giants were still able to attract striker Louie Barry to the club in the summer, despite the fact that he had already passed a medical at European rivals Paris Saint-Germain.
Barry left West Brom for Barcelona in July for a deal that was worth only a flat rate UEFA fee of £235,000, because clubs outside of England aren’t made to agree compensation via tribunal – Manchester City, for example, paid around £4m for Morgan Rogers around the same time that teammate Barry left for Spain.
It’s been claimed by a Barca representative, though, that Barry was clutched from the grasp of French champions PSG, who had even completed a photo-shoot ahead of his unveiling.
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Silvio Elias, on the Barca board, has explained how 16-year-old Barry – who was also wanted by Bayern Munich – was ‘seduced’ by the La Liga side.
“Without a wallet you don’t go anywhere, but there has been a very important work of seduction and conviction,” Elias said .
“Barry, for example, had already taken the photo and passed a medical with PSG. He got the call from Barca and left the [PSG] shirt and medical. We’re not unaware of the club’s ability to attract talent.”
Reports in Spain add that PSG were willing to pay Barry’s father a sum of €3m to sign for them, only for Barry’s mother and the striker himself to aim for Catalunia.
Barry came through the ranks at Albion and the Baggies had hoped to persuade him to stay at the club once he turned 16 – a milestone he reached in July – when they’d be in a position to offer him a scholarship and a contract beyond that.
Despite needing to pay Albion the aforementioned fee of £235,000, the Baggies are yet to receive anything from the La Liga side, even with the agreement being in place and FIFA’s regulations stating quite clearly that they must do so.
Though Albion have attempted to make contact with officials at the Camp Nou, they’ve made no progress and they are mulling over an approach to global governing body FIFA regarding the situation.
In response, Barca claim that they’re not required to hand over the money until they have received the relevant report from FIFA’s committee for the protection of minors – they don’t feel the player is theirs yet, despite the fact he’s been playing in their youth team.
The move went through more than two months ago.
Albion are also still waiting on the agreed fee with Getafe for the transfer of Allan Nyom.