West Bromwich Albion are ready to report Barcelona to FIFA over the transfer of wonderkid Louie Barry according to the Express & Star.
England youth international Barry rejected a three year contract at The Hawthorns to join Barcelona in July but they are still yet to receive the transfer fee that was agreed for him.
The Spanish giants have to pay just £235,000 for the youngster – a figure set by FIFA for 16-year-olds who move abroad but despite requests by Albion for that fee, Barcelona are yet to stump up any money for the move.
The Midlands club have grown increasingly frustrated with how Barcelona have handled the transfer and are now willing to take matters further and report this to FIFA in order to get the money they are owed for Barry.
Despite Barry having moved to Spain and Barcelona having announced the transfer as complete before the deal had even been ratified, Barry isn’t technically a Barcelona player until the transfer fee has been paid by the La Liga champions.
Had Barry stayed in England, Albion would’ve been able to take the matter to a tribunal to negotiate a higher fee but rules are different for overseas moves.
The 16-year-old attracted interest from plenty of other clubs including PSG and Manchester United with the former offering a very good financial package but Barry still chose a move to Barcelona.
It is understood the teenager had his heart set on joining Barcelona after he was given a tour of the club’s training ground and academy.
The whole debacle is certainly something that needs sorting out so that the transfer can be put to bed and completed before things go any further.