West Brom still waiting for Barcelona cash from Louie Barry move
Albion have still not received a penny for Louie Barry – despite the striker making his first appearance for Barcelona’s under-19s side on Saturday.
The 16-year-old, wearing the number 16 shirt, came on as a substitute as Barca’s Juvenil A team beat San Francisco 2-0.
England youth international Barry rejected a three-year contract at The Hawthorns to join Barcelona in July.
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 last month it was revealed the Baggies were considering reporting the La Liga side to football’s world governing body due to their failure to stump up the cash.
Barcelona had also failed to respond to Albion’s requests for the money.
Now it is understood the two clubs are in dialogue over the cash.
Getting the money out of the Spanish club may prove difficult, though, after it was revealed Barcelona currently owe a staggering £232 million to other clubs in transfer fees.
Barca signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a reported £142 million in January, 2018.
But they still owe £82million for the Brazilian, who is on loan at Bayern Munich. That debt now appears to have been sold to a financial institution by Liverpool.
Barcelona also owe £43 million to Ajax for Frenkie De Jong and £27 million to Bordeaux for Malcolm – who has since joined Zenit St. Petersburg.
There is also a £25million debt outstanding to Gremio for the transfer of Arthur Melo, while Juventus are owed £9.7 million for Arturo Vidal.