Barcelona still owe West Brom £235,000 for the transfer of Louie Barry last year and although the matter has been referred to FIFA, things are developing slowly, according to Steve Madeley.
Writing on The Athletic’s website, Madeley reported that although the six-figure sum is minuscule in terms of Barca’s debuts, the fact they are yet to pay Albion has left the board annoyed.
He said: “I know Albion have referred the matter to FIFA but the wheels of authority rarely turn quickly on these things and, in the grand scheme of Barcelona debts, Albion’s £235,000 is a trifling amount, even though to The Hawthorns hierarchy it’s understandably an annoyance that they’ve not only lost a talented young player but have also been left out of pocket.”
Sutton Coldfield-born Barry spent last than a year at Barcelona’s La Masia academy before being signed by Aston Villa for £880,000 in January.
That means that Barca have snatched a young player from West Brom without paying for him and then sold him on to one of West Brom’s biggest rivals.
For what is supposed to be the biggest club in the world, their behaviour over Barry’s transfer has been nothing short of disgraceful.
They may well be in massive debt worth £744million [London Evening Standard], but all the Baggies are demanding from them is no more than a drop in the ocean.
It’s about time FIFA pull their finger out and force Barca to pay what they owe to West Brom, plus interest.
In other West Brom news, Kevin Phillips has made a damning claim about Karlan Grant’s move to the Black Country.