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Barcelona beat PSG to sign 16-year-old English striker Louie Barry

Louie Barry Barry will be part of Barcelona's famous La Masia academy
Shannon Reynolds | 14 July, 2019, 12:25

Barry underwent a medical at Barca's training ground last Saturday and signed a contract later that same day, with the club confirming the deal on Thursday.

The Birmingham-born 16-year-old, who has represented Ireland at underage level, will go into the Catalan club's U19s A squad on a three-year deal.

"[Barry] is an worldwide with the English Under-16 team, for whom he has played nine games and scored seven goals", Barcelona said in a statement.

Barcelona have fended off reported interest from other European heavyweights to sign England youth worldwide Louie Barry, with the Ligue 1 champions rumoured to be eyeing the 16-year old, along with several Premier League clubs.

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The move means that Albion will receive just £235,000 in compensation.

Such quality had seen a raft of clubs across the continent chase his signature, with various reports suggesting that Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Manchester United were among those left disappointed that he did not sign for them. He has been with the Baggies for 10 years.

He'll play with the Juvenil A team at first and has signed a three-year contract.

Having been involved in a tug of war at club level, he is also set to be involved in another dispute regarding his commitment at worldwide level.

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