West Bromwich Albion will not receive a penny from Barcelona for Aston Villa striker Louie Barry, it has been learned.
The Baggies complained to FIFA after Barry left for the Catalan Giants Academy in 2019, claiming € 130,000 in “training compensation”.
Barry returned to the West Midlands six months later to join Villa, who paid Barcelona a first £ 1million. With the add-ons, the fees could reach £ 3million.
But it turned out that Albion won’t see any of this after their claim for compensation fails.
Athletic reports that West Brom told a FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber subcommittee judge that they offered Barry a scholarship deal on February 13, 2017, and that he was accepted by his parents a week later, when their son was 13 years old.
However, the judge ruled in favor of Barcelona, concluding that Albion had not made a “firm offer” to Barry in the summer of 2019, when he turned 16 and when his scholarship would have started.
Now 18, Barry, currently on loan at Ipswich Town in League One, is considered one of Villa’s brightest young prospects.
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