West Bromwich Albion have been dealt a major blow in their appeal to FIFA regarding a compensation fee for Louie Barry.
According to Steve Madeley’s recent report for The Athletic, West Brom will not receive any compensation regarding the centre-forward’s move from the Baggies academy to Barcelona in the summer of 2019.
The journalist goes on to reveal that Albion had submitted a complaint to FIFA concerning the 18-year-old’s departure, claiming €130k (£110k) in “training compensation.”
However, it is then claimed that, despite West Brom’s insistence that they had offered Barry a scholarship agreement, FIFA rejected these claims, stating that the Championship side failed to make the striker a “binding offer” which therefore allowed him to leave the club on a free.
Considering just how much potential Barry quite clearly possesses – with Barcelona dubbing him “one of the best young players in English football” upon his arrival in Spain – the fact that West Brom will not receive a penny for the centre-forward is sure to have left fans of the club fuming.
Indeed, with the former Baggies academy manager, Mark Harrison, as well as a number of other senior West Brom staff, moving to Aston Villa around the time of the club’s £900k signing of Barry from Barcelona just six months after the youngster left The Hawthorns, the England U18 international’s move to Villa Park left something of a sour taste for many at Albion.
This is because, should Barry have moved directly from West Brom to Villa, many at the club believe they would have received a similar amount to the £4m Albion were paid when Manchester City signed Morgan Rodgers in the same season.
However, West Brom are not completely blameless in the situation, as, should the club have been more concrete with their scholarship offer to the 18-year-old, they would have either kept Barry at the club or at least been entitled to a significant compensation fee – yet another reason for fans to be enraged with the way the saga has worked out.