Barcelona are keen on securing 15-year-old West Brom teenager Louie Barry this summer, Sky Sports have said.
The teenage striker has impressed this season having been fast-tracked into the Baggies Under-18 side, for whom he has bagged four goals this term. Barry has also achieved success at national level, bagging ten goals in his five appearances for England’s under-15 side.
Barry has been with West Brom since the age of six, though would be eligible for a move away from The Hawthorns under FIFA guidelines once he turns 16 later this month. It is understood that he grabbed the attention of Europe’s elite following his brace against Brazil, and after claiming the Golden Boot at the 2018 Val-de-Marne Under-16s tournament. However, the youngster has yet to confirm his allegiance to the English side, having played for the youth teams of the Republic of Ireland also.
If Barry does choose to leave this summer it will prove a huge blow for West Brom, who have recently seen highly-rated Academy prospects being poached by larger clubs. For example, Izzy Brown moved to Chelsea in 2013, whilst Jerome Sinclair and Yan Dhanda opted to develop their careers at LIverpool once they became eligible for a move.
However, the Baggies’ academy has gained a reputation for its ability to progress academy graduates through the ranks to the first-team. Kyle Edwards, Sam Field and Rekeem Harper are all academy graduates that featured in the 2018/2019 season. West Brom will hope that this proven route towards first-team football will be enough to convince Barry to stay in the West Midlands. However, the opportunity of a move to the Nou Camp and the opportunity to develop at the renowned La Masia may prove too much for any young footballer to resist.