Joseph Masi details how much money Barcelona owe West Brom for Barry
West Brom still have not received the compensation money they are owed by Barcelona for former youngster Louie Barry, according to journalist Joseph Masi.
The 17-year-old scored against Albion under-18s in last Friday’s FA youth cup semi-final, to rub salt in the wounds.
Barry moved to the Catalans in 2019 after running down his West Brom contract, but the Baggies are still owed compensation.
Masi provided an update on the situation and detailed how much Barcelona have been ordered to pay.
He told the Baggies Broadcast podcast, “Last time I checked they hadn’t [received the cash].
“The thing with the LB money is the principal…The fee I think is £235k that Barcelona owe Albion, that’s FIFA’s set compensation tariff for players that move abroad.
“I’ve been really angry about it in the past and it is an absolute joke that Albion haven’t got that money.”
Losing Barry to Barcelona was tough to take at the time and even moreso now given his success against us last week.
He looks to be a very promising youngster and if he was still with us he would probably get a taste of first-team action soon.
To lose him for mere peanuts is very frustrating, therefore, particularly as he has joined Aston Villa.
The fact the compensation still has not been paid is even more of a slap in the face, as it surely would not pain a huge club like Barcelona to pay that fee.
It shows once again how smaller clubs like us can be exploited, and the big boys will know they can have their pick of our youngsters without having to spend much.
That needs to change as Albion have worked hard building the academy in recent years, but have not had much to show for it.
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